'Tis The Season To Smile Again


How You and Your Team/Company/Group Can Get Involved This Holiday SeasonHWD get involved

As we strive to offset the struggles and isolation of the past few months through holiday gifts that bring joy or comfort, we are looking for your support to brighten the season for those hardest hit by the pandemic.

Register for a Take-Home Wrapping Party

For a per-gift fee (minimum number of gifts is 250), you can sign up for this holiday, spirit-filled event. We’ll supply the toys that you can send home with your group or team members to wrap in the safety and comfort of their homes. It’s a great family event that’s a fun and festive way to give back. Or, you can use the Most Needed Gifts list here and have your team or group shop-for and wrap the gifts.

This program is available on October 12, 2020, through December 17, 2020, so sign up today before spots are gone! Contact laurenk@fgt.org.

Do you have creative ideas for engaging your team this holiday season while supporting our Holiday Wish Drive? Whether it be a Walk-A-Thon, Talent Show, Virtual Holiday Party with a Purpose, Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour, or Elf on the Shelf Challenge, we are here to help you make your idea a reality. Contact laurenk@fgt.org for more information.

Register to Lead a Drive - you can do it virtually

A Virtual Giving Tree Drive (VGT) - you will have a customizable VGT where you can upload your own logo and message and will be able to share your VGT link to anyone you would like to take part in your Drive. Donors will go on to the site and shop for wished-for gifts to provide for recipients. They will have the option to provide a "want" - a fun gift such as a Barbie, or a "Need" such as a winter jacket. Donors will also have the option to provide an additional donation to include an essential health kit with each gift. The kit will include items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, face mask, hand sanitizer. Nothing will be shipped to the donor - we do all the shopping and packaging on our end. This is a completely contact-free way of giving that people can do from the comfort of their own desks. These will be live from early November through January 15th, 2021.

A physical gift Drive - you can request a specific number of wish cards to be mailed to you for distribution among your group. The wish cards will each have the recipient and gift request information and the donor will shop for the gift, attach the card to the unwrapped gift, and return it to you for collection. Alternatively, if you would prefer not to distribute wish cards, you can share our Most Needed Gifts list and encourage your group to purchase items from that list. Once all gifts have been collected, they will be due back to us at one of our drop-off sites by December 10th. We expect to have drop-off sites available in the South Bay (our main warehouse), East Bay, Peninsula, and North Bay.

For further details click here or register to lead a Drive. Questions? Contact driveleaders@fgt.org

Support Essential Health Kits Given With Each Gift

What is an Essential Health Kit?
Every year we provide a toothbrush with each gift and this year we divided we needed to step it up and do more to support our community. An Essential Health Kit provides basic necessities to ensure our recipients have what they need to keep themselves healthy and safe as they navigate their way through the health crisis and beyond. Each kit will include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand sanitizer, and an appropriately sized mask.

Poor oral hygiene can have long term impacts on overall health and is one of the first areas of health to fall by the wayside for those living in underserved areas of our community. Face masks and sanitizers are important essential supplies for the population we serve as most of the adults in those households do not have the luxury of working remotely to provide for their families’ needs. These essential health kits also serve as a reminder that their health and well-being matter to us, too.

What you can do:
- Build them at home - we'll give you the list of what you need and guidelines for purchasing and preparing the kits.
- Sponsor kits in multiples of 500. Each will be branded with "Brought to you by...."
- Host an in-home kit building volunteer opportunity for your group or team (available until November 10th only)
- Do a peer to peer fundraising effort to support FGT’s purchase of these important, essential contents.
Contact: laurenk@fgt.org

Become a 2020 Holiday Wish Drive Partner

Support the 2020 Holiday Wish Drive on a larger scale and receive recognition for doing so. There are multiple partnership packages and we can even tailor some for you if you have a unique idea you have in mind to help support the mission of joy. To see what options are available, click here (link to partnership doc).