Fulfill the special wish of a child in need!
With help from thousands of donors, more than 63,800 wishes were fulfilled last year for Bay Area children and families in need through our Holiday Wish Drive. Join us again this year and lead a drive for underprivileged children in your community who deserve happy holiday memories.Register Now
Send Children to School Prepared
Leading a Back to School Drive is an incredible way to help local kids in need just in time for the new school year. Last year, generous donors supported more than 21,000 Bay Area students in need with backpacks and school supplies. Many others still need our help!
- 9 Download resources:
- - Current Drive Locations (all)
- - Public Locations
- - Tax Receipt
- - Sample Announcement
- - Most Popular Gifts
- - Sample Wish Card
- - 2013 Posters
- - Wish Sign-Out Form
- - Host Packet
- - FAQs
- - Progress Thermometer
About Our Drives
Many local, low-income children are hoping to experience the joy of receiving a gift this holiday season. When leading a Holiday Wish Drive, you’re helping deliver hope to these children and their families. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children they work with year-round. Holiday Wish Drive wish cards are printed with these wishes and sent in November to companies, groups, and organizations who want to donate. Wish Drive leaders post the cards for their co-workers, friends, and family to choose from, and shop for. Gifts are collected and brought to our warehouse by these individual volunteers. Once the drive is complete, our Elves distribute them to low-income students via social service agencies.
We hope that you will have a rewarding and fun-filled experience leading the drive for your organization. The success of our program relies on the time, effort, and generosity of host coordinators like you to ensure thousands of Bay Area children have the happy memories they deserve. It's not too early to plan for your Holiday Wish Drive! Register today!
More than 388,000 children are enrolled in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Meal Program (Title I) in the Bay Area; criteria we use for targeting backpack recipients. These children face many barriers to success in the classroom, including engaging in career fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Supply-filled backpacks provide necessary tools for students, the critical first step to help them soar.
When leading the Family Giving Tree Back to School Drive, you’re sending kids to school with the tools they need to succeed. Back to School wish cards are sent in June to companies, groups, and organizations who want to donate. Wish Drive leaders post the cards for their co-workers, friends, and family to choose from, and shop for. Backpacks and supplies are collected and brought to our warehouse by these individual volunteers. Once the drive is complete, our Elves distribute them to low-income students via teachers and school service agencies. It's not too early to plan for your Back to School Drive! Register today!
What are your fellow Elves up to, anyway?
Date: Late January
Holiday Celebration Luncheon
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Join the Family Giving Tree as we celebrate the success of the 2013 Holiday Wish Drive! Host companies and sponsors of the 2013 Holiday Wish Drive are welcome to join the Family Giving Tree for lunch and awards at an inspiring, fun, and festive lunch hour. Look for an email invitation in early January.
Virtual Giving Trees
Looking for an alternative for those who cannot purchase a physical gift? Setting up a custom Virtual Giving Tree is easy! This option makes participation possible for individuals without time to shop, or employees working remotely. It also offers the chance to give after the physical gift deadline has passed. Your custom Virtual Giving Tree includes a personalized webpage with your group’s logo and name and a continuously updated counter that tracks participation and total donations. For more information: Email Dawn, FGT Host Coordinator or call (408) 946-3111 Ext. 226
4 Tips For a Successful Drive
Display your posters and/or cards in very visible, heavily trafficked areas. Keep materials fully stocked, and motivate your group with a progress thermometer!
Reminders! A little motivation like candy or a notecard with announcements never hurts. Need help with your announcement? Contact us today!
Coordinate a launch event (lunch, ice cream social, dance party, etc.) and get your group excited about the Family Giving Tree. The more they know the more they’ll want to be involved.
Ready to lead your own drive? Let’s go!