Sep 11, 2018

The Holidays are Coming!

The Boys and Girls Club: A longtime recipient
The Boys and Girls Club: A longtime recipient

The holidays are already here; at least here at Family Giving Tree. While most people are getting ready for fall, our Agency Coordinator is already working with our partner agencies by hosting orientations and assisting with requests as wishes begin to trickle in for the 2018 Holiday Wish Drive.

The relationships Family Giving Tree has with each of our 400+ partner social service agencies are crucial to fulfilling our mission of delivering joy through requested gifts. Through these partnerships, Family Giving Tree is able to make each recipient feel like a valued and recognized part of our community.

Just as our mission depends on these nonprofit partnerships, as a small organization with a full-time staff of only twelve employees, we rely on you, the community to help us deliver joy to over 75,000 children from low-income families, seniors in-need, and homeless adults. It’s as easy as picking up a tag, shopping for a gift, and dropping it off at our warehouse or making a donation online. Even one gift makes a difference. You can be the one to deliver their joy this holiday season.

Agency Orientations answer FAQs & give guidance
Agency Orientations answer FAQs & give guidance
Jun 12, 2018

Poverty is a Nightmare

The key to success!
The key to success!

Have you ever had that nightmare of showing up to a meeting or an exam completely unprepared? You feel the panic of underperforming. The fear of looming failure. Finally, you wake up in a cold sweat; relieved to find that it was only a dream.

For students from low-income families, this dream is oftentimes their reality. Many of these families are already forced to make the impossible choice between paying rent and putting food on the table. Essential school supplies become luxury items that are simply unaffordable. By providing a backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies, you are giving students the joy and comfort that comes from being able to walk into class prepared to learn and succeed.

A teacher at a partner school in the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto describes this feeling of relief:

The support that the families get from the backpacks with supplies has been invaluable. Our families struggle to make it in the Bay Area with many of them living multiple families in living spaces that were not designed for multiple families. Without the Family Giving Tree, our families and students would not be as prepared for school.

As Family Giving Tree strives to provide 37,000 in-need Bay Area students with the tools they need to succeed, your support is critical!  With over 225 partner schools, your gift provides these deserving students with the tools necessary for success.

Ready to succeed!
Ready to succeed!
Jun 12, 2018

Happy Memories Because of You!

A Fire Truck! Just What I Wished For
A Fire Truck! Just What I Wished For

The holidays have passed but the images of happy times remain in our recipient’s mind. Last time we spoke, I let you know some of the key statistics surrounding our last Holiday Wish Drive success. Today I want to share a couple of stories behind the numbers of those memories you made possible. The agency names have been withdrawn to honor their wishes for anonymity.

"We had a low-income child who loves to play with fire trucks and on the day that we gave him a big fire truck that was given by The giving tree.  The child was so happy and I took a picture of him and I will never forget the smile he had. His mom had tears in her eyes and she said Thank you so much and I told her to thank the Giving Tree."

"Our parents were overjoyed and grateful to be presented with such a wonderful selection of gifts, tailored towards their unique children! Needless to say, there were many smiles and happy tears. Your hard work and contribution of toys made the holiday possible and bright for all of our families, but particularly our low income and homeless families and their children."

"A single mother who spends quality time with her daughter, but who lacks quantity due to working to support her child, was very pleased with the Leapfrog Alphabet Learning toy her daughter received. After the mother comes from work she spends time with her helping her learn the letters' names and sounds in a way her daughter enjoys. The mother, who is not a native English speaker, is also learning while helping her daughter."

Imagine 80,000 similar stories all over the Bay Area because of your generosity! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and theirs. You make a difference.

SURPRISE!!!!
SURPRISE!!!!
 
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