Challenging. Chaotic. Heartbreaking. There are many words to describe the discomfort we experienced in 2020. It was a difficult year, especially for the families we serve here at Family Giving Tree. Despite the chaos, we accelerated through the hardships and the unknown to continue our mission of bringing hope and joy to those around us, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our community. The bond we have here in the Bay Area is unmatched. It is unique. It is strong. It is what carried us through to continue our mission.
In April of last year, we launched an Education Relief Fund (ERF) in response to the crisis of COVID-19. The Education Relief Fund supported students and teachers in our community. We provided over 3,900 School Supply Kits and raised over $40,000 through the Education Relief Fund. Each School Supply Kit included pens, pencils, a spiral notebook, an eraser, a glue stick, highlights, crayons, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, a rule, a two-pocket folder, and a pencil sharpener. With these supplies, students from low-income families around the Bay Area transitioned to distance learning smoothly.