The holidays are over but your generosity is the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks to you, we had our most successful Holiday Wish Drive to date! Your generosity delivered joy to 71,600 low-income Bay Area children; a 5%increase from 2013. The happy memories these children have of this holiday season are all because you decided to donate and fulfill their wishes.
At Peninsula Family Services, we were able to talk to some of the children who were the recipients of your generosity. We asked, “If you could say anything to the person who gave you this gift what would you say?” They were overjoyed and wanted to give you special messages of “Happy Holidays!” “Merry Christmas!” and “Thank you for being such a good person!”
Thank you for making all this joy possible. The pictures here are a tiny sample of the distribution that we were able to capture amid the cheerful chaos. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these are worth its weight in gold.
It’s that time of year again, when the air gets a bit crisper, the leaves are turning golden, and the holidays are just around the corner. It’s a time for sharing memories with loved ones. For the children helped by Family Giving Tree, those happy moments wouldn’t exist without your generosity. Shaira, 10 years old says, “Thank you so much for making my wish come true. When I opened my present, it made me feel excited. I love my radio. Thank you for caring about me.”
Children all over the Bay Area, like those pictured here, are filled with joy during the holidays because your generosity made their holiday wishes come true.
New wishes for 2014 are already arriving and waiting to be filled by you. Help deliver joy to a child in need and be the reason for their happy season. We guarantee the warm feeling you get will last longer than any size cup of cocoa.
It may only be the beginning of August, but Family Giving Tree is already preparing to fulfill the wishes of children in need this upcoming holiday season. In fact, over 300 agencies are going through orientation during early August to assure we gather all the wonderful, unique wishes of low-income children from around the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
As a part of the Holiday Wish Drive, this project makes sure that every child we help has their wish fulfilled and we need your help. Because of your donations, through this project, we were able to fulfill the wishes of 122 children. We enjoyed seeing the looks on their faces as they received their gifts and were excited to able to share those moments with you. There are still 540 children left who need your donation to fulfill their wishes. Click here (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/fulfill-holiday-wishes-for-724-bay-area-children/) to close the gap and deliver joy to children in need.
The children are so grateful for your generosity this past holiday that words hardly do their joy justice.
Isaac, a boy who lives with Autism, was so excited that the "elves" brought him a brand new scooter. He said he would "ride on it every day" and showed it off to all the other children at school. His mom, Cheryl said, "He could not be happier. This new scooter is all he talks about. Thank you so much."
As a part of our Holiday Wish Drive, you've helped deliver joy by fulfilling the wish of Isaac and 68,399 other low-income children. Thank you for all of your support.
There are moments during the long hours of the Holiday Wish Drive when the magnitude of what we do, with your help as donors, settles in our minds and makes it all worthwhile.
During the Drive, we came across a 4 year old boy named Jacob. He was so excited because he got what he wished for after he was told that he wouldn’t be getting any presents this year because he was on the “Naughty List”.
Thanks to your generous donations through this project, we were able to erase 111 Bay Area children off of the “Naughty List” and fulfill their holiday wishes. Thank you for giving these children happy holiday memories and showing them that living in poverty does not mean they are on anyone’s “Naughty List”. The gifts were distributed at our warehouse and picked up by the agencies we work with. Deepa from Glide Memorial Family, Youth, and Children’s Center expresses her gratitude, “Nothing compares to the looks on the child’s face: pure joy and happiness; the idea that people in the community care about them as individuals.”
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