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Everyone deserves to live with dignity and feel like they matter, but poverty undermines the process of becoming a hopeful and productive human being. Through personal connections, generous giving, and life-long volunteering, Family Giving Tree delivers backpacks filled with school supplies and wished-for holiday gifts. You can help us sow seeds of opportunity that give recipients the chance to grow and reach their full potential. Collect, donate, and volunteer— support communities by delivering hope and joy.

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- The Backpack Comeback is here! Learn about our 2021 Back-to-School Drive.

- Interested in becoming a Drive Leader?
Learn more or sign up here.

Shop for a student! Provide a backpack filled with school supplies and health essentials.

Donate to our 2021 Back-to-School Drive.



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Leading a Drive is rewarding and fun.

Thank you for your interest in the Holiday Wish Drive. To give you a bit more information, here is the general overview of our Holiday Wish Drive program.

We have a visual guide that illustrates the Journey of a Wish - this gives you a high-level view of how wishes are fulfilled from beginning to end.
To provide a brief summary of how we operate: we vet and approve Bay Area non-profit agencies who support children, adults, and seniors in need to collect Holiday Wishes from those they serve. We print these wishes on individual cards that are distributed to companies and groups (i.e. Drive Leaders) so their members can purchase the requested wishes and deliver the gifts to us. We also enable online giving through our customizable Virtual Giving Tree donation pages to provide a completely contactless option of giving. These purchased gifts are then distributed back to the agencies who then distribute them to the individuals who made the wish.
The timeline for the Holiday Wish Drive is as follows:
  • Now: Drive Leader Registration Open
  • October 27: Priority Volunteer Registration for Drive Leaders Opens (this is optional if you'd like to volunteer in the warehouse—we will be following protocols to ensure the health and safety of all volunteers and staff.)
  • November 10: Public volunteer Registration Opens (this is when all of the warehouse volunteer opportunities will fill up quickly)
  • Early November: Virtual Giving Trees (VGTs) Go Live (you can start running your online drive at this point if you sign up for one)
  • November 11-13: Holiday Wish Drive Material Mailings Begin 
  • December 8 - 11th: Donation Drop-Offs (All gifts due to warehouse by December 11)
This year, due to COVID, all Drive materials will be mailed (except collection boxes). We will have donation drop-off options in the South Bay (our main warehouse), North Bay, East Bay, and Peninsula.

When you register for a Drive, you will be able to specify how many wish cards you would like to receive and make a request for marketing collateral such as posters and tent cards to display (limited quantities will be available but we will have resources online for you as well).
If you have further questions or require more information check out the other menu items in the Holiday Wish section - they are updated frequently in November and December. If you still need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to We are more than happy to help support you throughout the Drive to ensure a positive experience.
Enjoy a brief video tour of our warehouse and see the smiles on kids' faces because of the hundreds of Drive Leaders who work on our behalf.

If you would like to register, click here.

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