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December 3, 2008 > Family Giving Tree needs warehouse for donating gifts

Family Giving Tree needs warehouse for donating gifts

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Cristi A. French

The Family Giving Tree's Holiday Wish Program is an endeavor to bring a smile to the faces of under-privileged children. The organization is looking for a 100,000 square foot warehouse space. "We need to find a company to donate the use of a warehouse for the month of December so that we can process the gifts from our huge gift-giving drive, thousands of children depend on us," said Julie Davis Berry, Director of National Expansion Elf.

A 19-year-old non-profit organization which helps needy children in the Bay Area, Family Giving Tree has donated more than 600,000 holiday gifts to low-income children over the years. "We provide personalized holiday gifts for each child served by more than 250 social service agencies in the Bay Area, including Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, City Team Ministries, EMQ Children and Family Services and Loaves and Fishes. More than 900 companies and organizations work as hosts for us each year donating gifts to our charity including Wells Fargo Bank, Sun Microsystems, National Semiconductor, EBay, HP, Cadence, Yahoo, Oracle, Microsoft and Google.

"The agencies interview the children to get their wishes and we print their wishes on gift cards which are displayed on trees by our hosts," said Berry. People take a card and shop for a gift, hopefully with their children, and bring it back to the company. The company then collects the gifts at the warehouse where the gifts are sorted and wrapped by over 8,000 volunteers. The agency then comes and picks up the gifts and takes them back to their offices to be distributed to the children at holiday parties.

The warehouse could be located in Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, or Sunnyvale and should preferably have two loading docks, grade level and regular loading docks, lighting, restrooms, and cement floors for sorting toys. Adjacent offices are great for training volunteers, but not essential. A public thank you note on the organization's website and newsletter, which has a readership of more than 5,000, will be published in gratitude. "A public thank you will also be featured in our (donated) full page thank you ad in the San Jose Mercury newspaper," said Berry.

"We provide 24-hour security, a 'tax receipt' to write off the donation space. We provide insurance. We will leave your property spotless (including cleaning carpet in the office areas - if they are available to us)."

For more information contact Jennifer Cullenbine, Family Giving Tree CEO at (408) 946-3111 ext. 226 or by email at

To make a donation or sponsor a child's wish, visit Please call Jeanne Clabaugh, Director of Development, at (408) 946-3111 extension 225 or email if your company would like to become a holiday wish drive sponsor.

Here are the big dates coming up. December 15: Volunteers will sort the gifts. December 19: Executive Elf Challenge. December 19 - December 21: Agencies will pick up toys.
December 23 - Children's Party. This is a chance for staff and volunteers and Santa Claus to interact with the kids, give them their gifts, face pain and balloon twist.

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