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Deliver hope to children this holiday season and fulfill a wish for a low income family in your community!

Lead a Holiday Wish Drive! Purchase gifts for children, elderly, and the homeless in the Bay Area this winter and share the joy of the season. Register your company, social club, favorite local shop, or another group today to help low income families have a memorable holiday.

Holiday Wish Drive

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!

Lead a Drive

About Our Drives

Since 1990 the Family Giving Tree has fulfilled more than one million holiday wishes for Bay Area children in need. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. With the help of 1,000 donating groups, we were able to fulfill the wishes of more than 68,000 children last year!

Thousands more local children are hoping to experience the joy of receiving a gift this holiday season. Should you decide to register as a host, we will send you wish cards in November with a person's name, age, gender, and wish printed on each card. The Wish Drive leader is responsible for facilitating donations within their group by post wish cards, sending friendly reminders, and building enthusiasm. Individuals have two ways to participate: select a wish card and shop for a new gift; or provide funds, either by mail or online, and we will purchase the items on your behalf. Wish drive leaders or volunteers are responsible for collecting the gifts and bringing them to our warehouse (location TBA). Once the drive is complete, our team distributes these gifts to low-income children and families via social service agencies.

The success of our program relies on the time, effort, and generosity of Host Coordinators like you to fulfill wishes again this year. We hope that you will have a rewarding and fun-filled experience leading the drive for your organization. Please contact us if you have any questions, and remember, every gift is another wish fulfilled!

Thanks to our very generous community, more than 26,000 local children in need received backpacks and school supplies last August. These donations provide the tools essential for a child's education; tools they would otherwise have to start school without.

Important Dates

What are your fellow Elves up to, anyway?

October: Holiday Wish Drive Kickoff event
November: Drive Materials and Wish Cards Mailed, Volunteer Registration
December 12th: Gifts Due

Date:
January-Details will be sent in December

Holiday Wish Drive Celebration Luncheon

Date: September-Details will be sent in August
Location: TBA

Join the Family Giving Tree as we celebrate our 2014 Holiday Wish Drive and award our top donors! Host companies are welcome to join the Elves for lunch. Details will be sent in December and the event will be in 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 as well as a continuously updated counter that tracks participation and total donations. For more information, email Heather, 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!

  • Have your advocates post materials and spread the word via email, social networking or even in person. Link to our YouTube channel or share pictures from our photo albums!

  • 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!


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