About Our Drives
Since 1990, Family Giving Tree has served over one million Bay Area children from low-income families. With the help of over 1,100 generous donating groups like you, we served 100,000 children in 2014! Thousands more local children and their families are looking for your support. Participating in our drives provides your group with the opportunity to personally impact the lives of your neighbors. The success of our programs relies on the time, effort, and generosity of Host Coordinators like you each year. Whether it is for the Back to School Drive or Holiday Wish Drive, we hope that you will have a rewarding and fun-filled experience leading the drive for your organization. When you decide to register to host a drive, we will send you donation cards at the start of the giving season. A single card represents a Bay Area person in need.
The Back to School Drive launches in June and ends in August. Each backpack card includes a request for grade specific supplies and a backpack. These donations provide tools essential to a child's education, supplies they would otherwise have to start school without. We work directly with local schools to distribute the supply-filled backpacks and use enrollment in the Federal Free & Reduced Price Meal Program as a qualifier for our program.
The Holiday Wish Drive launches in early November and ends in December. Each Wish Card includes a person's name, age, gender, and wish. These specific wishes are sourced directly from partnering Bay Area social service agencies. In seven different counties throughout the Bay, these agencies collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round.
The Drive leader is responsible for facilitating donations within their group by posting the cards in a well-traveled area, sending friendly reminders, and building enthusiasm. Individuals have two ways to participate: select a backpack/wish card and shop for the requested item(s); or provide funds, either by mail or online, and allow us to purchase the items on your behalf. Wish drive leaders or volunteers are responsible for collecting, counting, and delivering the donations to our warehouse (location varies based on space donated). Once the drive is complete, our team distributes these gifts to low-income children and families via schools and social service agencies.