With our offices closed since March 10th, we have nonetheless been hard at work together to meet the needs of our community. Like most companies, we have become more than familiar with virtual meetings and conference calls. As spring has given way to summer and social distancing has extended longer than we had hoped, we wanted to assure you that we are working to provide for low-income families during these difficult times.
In keeping with State directives, large group activities have been suspended and we are adjusting our normal operations to work within the guidelines to successfully deliver 22,000+ backpacks to students in need. While below are normal distribution numbers, we are optimistic about bringing joy and hope for the future to those who need it most. To support our 2020 Back-to-School Drive, make a donation or donate a backpack online.
And, as summer will slowly turn to autumn, we will already have been hard at work retooling our Holiday Wish Drive. As we grapple with the scope and type of Drive this will be, we want to assure you that good wishes for the holiday season are still on the horizon.
Finally, as we all have heard the dire news about job loss and the need for families to be safely housed, we have created the Bring Hope Home Program. Designed to assist a family with a month's rent and to cover other monthly expenses, we ask donors to support extremely low-income families in four of many communities hard hit by the outfall of the pandemic: San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and East San Jose. Each family is represented by a name, family icon and a few details so each donor can choose the family that resonates with them. While we ask for full support, any amount will help defray the cost of living in the Bay Area. Visit Bring Hope Home and help a neighbor today.
We wish you safety, rest, and joy—even in these tough times.
The Staff of Family Giving Tree