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Join the 2024 Back-to-School TEAM

This summer, Family Giving Tree and the community will be working to collect and distribute 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to students whose families struggle to provide even the basic tools needed for school. Get involved and help bring equity into our classrooms. To learn more, watch the video or click below.

Back to School Drive

Level the educational playing field for Bay Area students whose families face financial hardship through gifts of backpacks and essential, grade-appropriate school supplies.

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Holiday Wish Drive

Give joy by providing the exact Holiday wish of a child, adult, or senior in need. It may not seem like much, but for someone who may not otherwise receive a gift, it’s everything.

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The Communities We Serve

We partner with over 250 agencies each Drive to ensure we can serve as many communities that might otherwise feel overlooked here in the Bay Area.

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Spreading Hope and Joy in the San Francisco Bay Area

"This year my family and I have overcome separation and have achieved family reunification. I got my kids back! I graduated and I got stable housing. The gifts mean a lot so that the kiddos have a few presents for this Holiday. The gifts are especially important this holiday season because I am getting back on my feet and don't have any funds to buy them gifts, on top of paying rent and utilities."
- Holiday Wish Drive Recipient
"One student was not coming to school because their father couldn't buy him a backpack, school supplies, and uniforms... Once we provided the resources to this student, he has been attending our school daily."
-Oakland School Representative
Impact Statistics
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2023 Schools Supported
2023 Agencies Supported
2023 Volunteers
2023 Drives
2023 Gifts
2023 Students Supported
Total Served Since 1990


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Jenn's Question
Jenn's Question

In 1990, I had a question: What would the world look like if everyone was lucky enough to experience even just one moment of pure joy?

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Thank you to SOCU!
Thank you to SOCU!

Family Giving Tree's inaugural Holiday Wish Drive happened over 30 years ago and has grown to be such a fantastic part of the Bay Area's holiday season!

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
The Cabbage Patch Riots of 1983
The Cabbage Patch Riots of 1983

In the early 1980s, a seemingly innocent toy craze took the world by storm, causing chaos and unexpected violence in what became known as the Cabbage Patch Riots of 1983.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023
The Power of Gratitude
The Power of Gratitude

In this fast-paced world, it's so easy to overlook the simple yet profound act of giving thanks.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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