Sep 27, 2017

Holiday Wish Drive 2017

Wishes fulfilled
Wishes fulfilled

The leaves are changing, the nights are cooler, the days are shorter, and Halloween candy in stores signals that summer is officially over. The holidays are fast approaching. For many, this is a time of celebrating gift giving with family and friends. For those we serve, it is a reminder that they cannot provide those happy memories for their children.

Family Giving Tree has already been preparing for December since July to collect wishes from the over 300 partner social service agencies in the twelve counties we serve. We can’t do it alone. You can provide 80,000 Bay Area children and individuals in-need with joy by granting their specific holiday wish.

During this Season of Giving, your donation will provide joy to children like Aundrey, age 5, from our partner agency Betty Howard Day Care wishes for a Doc Mcstuffins Doc Doll or a Princess sleeping bag.

You have the opportunity to give joy to someone who doesn’t expect the community to care. Will you take it?

Fulfill my wish!
Fulfill my wish!
Jul 6, 2017

Christmas in July

Smiles make the work worth it
Smiles make the work worth it

In the Bay Area, a place known for luxury and wealth, nearly one fourth of Californians can barely afford basic needs, leaving nothing extra for families to enjoy together. Family Giving Tree believes in the power of community and is busy coordinating early efforts toward the Holiday Wish Drive. “Christmas in July” is just a phrase for some, but, at Family Giving Tree, the winter holidays are never far from our minds.

While most of our supporters are thinking of Back-to-School, we are busy surveying need for the holidays. During these critical summer months, our Agency Coordinator works one-on-one with each of our 300+ social service agencies to collect specific holiday wishes for the community to adopt in the fall.  One social service agency representative noted,

“Family Giving Tree and their direct supporters always give the best quality gifts to our low-income families. Each child from zero to 12 is always SO excited to receive a gift they ACTUALLY asked for … Thank you for making such a difference in the lives of low-income children Family Giving Tree!”

 As we work to collect 80,000 individual wishes to distribute in December, consider becoming a “Direct Supporter” Drive Leader or adopting more wishes. Every gift makes a difference.

Your work makes their smiles possible
Your work makes their smiles possible
Jul 6, 2017

One Backpack, Endless Possibilities

1 backpack gives endless possibilities to students
1 backpack gives endless possibilities to students

1 in 4 Californian children are living in poverty; over 350,000 children in the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch at school. In an area where the cost of living has skyrocketed, families struggle to pay rent and feed their children, leaving no room for purchasing a backpack filled with school supplies. Family Giving Tree strives to close the opportunity gap by investing in these children.

A school admin from one of our partner schools in East Palo Alto explains, “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.”

We believe that a backpack with school supplies gives endless possibilities to low-income students. Family Giving Tree needs your help to provide 40,000 students with the school supplies they need to succeed. To help break the cycle of poverty through Family Giving Tree’s 2017 Back-to-School Drive, consider making a donation, filling a backpack, leading a drive, or volunteer at our warehouse. To find out more go to our website.

 
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