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Books for Backpacks

YOU can ignite a passion for reading. Donate to supply books for children in need!

In low-income households, there is no money available for luxuries – even for essential school backpacks, supplies, or books. How will these children learn to read when their family cannot afford to purchase a single book? By the time the majority of these low-income students reach the 3rd grade, they are already 2 years behind their peers in reading and math skills!

By gifting a new book to an elementary school student, as part of their school-supply filled backpack, we give these children hope and joy to develop skills in reading by igniting a love for reading. You can create and share a fundraising page above to show your support for Family Giving Tree's Books-for-Backpacks campaign.

Help in Other Ways:

Shop for a Cause

Online retailers are making it easy to support your favorite cause when you shop! AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your purchase to your favorite charitable organization. eBay Giving Works enables sellers to donate a portion of their sales and buyers to shop while supporting their favorite charities. Impact Shopping works with major merchants to pay non profits a sales commission with no added cost to you. Check out these opportunities to give through everyday purchases!

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Your company or business can have a big impact on our efforts. Sponsorship funds enable us to bulk purchase gifts early and leverage generous manufacturer discounts that help us get the backpacks or gifts we need to fulfill the kids' wishes.

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Does My Company Match?

Several companies encourage employee donations by matching their financial contributions to eligible organizations.

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Volunteer Time

We know that time is precious and by donating it, we know that you're dedicated to helping us put a smile on a child's face.

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Product Donations

Fulfill the wishes of more children by providing donations.

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How Can I Donate?

Online Donations — Donate on our virtual tree to provide backpacks stuffed with school supplies or to fulfill a child's unique holiday wish.

Checks — Mail checks payable to Family Giving Tree to: 606 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035

Workplace / Civic Organizations — Check for wish tags at your workplace or community organization. If you can't find any, consider leading a drive!


Questions about Donations?

Katie Falconer
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Questions about Sponsorships?

Jeanne Clabaugh
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Elf Wish List

Our wishlist represents items that the Elves need on a regular basis to keep our programs running.  Please take a look at our list, and if you feel you can contribute, contact us at (408) 946-3111 or email

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