The Holiday Wish Drive
Bringing joy during the holidays through giving
Since 1990, the Family Giving Tree has fulfilled gifts wishes for over one million San Francisco Bay Area children, families and seniors from low-income households. We believe that no one should feel forgotten during the holidays. In 2016 alone we fulfilled more than 76,000 holiday wishes, 85% of those being children’s wishes.
To fulfill the exact holiday gift wish of a child, adult or senior in need may not seem like much, but for someone who may not otherwise receive a gift, it’s everything. That single, specially chosen gift lets them know that someone in the community is thinking of them.
Reaching so many
How have we been able to reach so many? It’s because we partner with more than 500 schools, service agencies and nonprofits, such as homeless shelters, community centers, rehabilitation houses, and various charitable organizations.
Over a period of four months every year, each school and nonprofit reaches out to their students and clients to collect holiday wishes. They give the Family Giving Tree the names and exact wishes and we print them on wish cards for our Drive Leaders.
Here's how we do it:
More we can do
Even though we have assisted so many needy people, many thousands more local children and their families still need your support. Your participation in our Holiday Wish Drive is an opportunity for you to personally, positively influence the lives of less fortunate people in our community.
How you can help
If you would like to support our Holiday Wish Drive:
- Donate—Your generous donations allow us to bulk-purchase gifts and expand our reach
- Lead a Drive—Organize your own drive as part of the Family Giving Tree's Holiday Wish Drive
- Volunteer—Help us sort, wrap and prepare wishes for distribution to our partner nonprofits and schools
Thank you for helping us bring hope and joy to those in need.