Thank you, Drive Leaders!

Our Holiday Wish Drive is well underway, but we wanted to take some time to thank all those Drive Leaders who made our Back-to-School Drive our largest yet! With over 41,000 backpacks donated and distributed (41,596 to be exact), students from all over the Bay Area have gone back to school with all the tools they need. This effort would have been impossible without every one of our Drive Leaders. Whether they were working in teams to collect donations from thousands of corporate donors, or organizing on their own to reach out to family and friends, every single backpack is making a difference in the life of a student in need.

Our Drive Leader Appreciation Luncheon honored all of those Drive Leaders. We’d also like to thank the team at Big Al’s for hosting such a fun, delicious afternoon! We also had the opportunity to award some stand-out Drive Leaders for their incredible efforts and growth this year. Check out this webpage to learn more about each of the companies that went above and beyond for our 2019 Back-to-School Drive.

Community Impact Awards for best performance in donating gifts and growth year over year:

5-99 donor category: 99.7 NOW

100-499 donor category: Grant Thornton

500-999 donor category: Cisco - Supply Chain Operations

1,000-1,999 donor category: Maxim Integrated Products

2,000-4,999 donor category: Adobe Systems, Inc - San Jose

5,000 donor category: Verizon Media Group

Public Prodigy Awards for great performance as a public Drive Leader

The Bay Club

NBC Bay Area

Golden Sprout Award for best performance in leading a new Drive.

The Irvine Company

Rising Star Award for going above and beyond

Eileen Fisher Company Store - Marina Square

Youth In Action Award, for best performance in donating gifts and growth year over year for a Drive by those under 18 years of age.

Young & Selfless Volunteers

Ingenuity Award for their creativity in making their Drive fun and appealing and open to the public.

Goombahs Car Club

Friendship Circle Award for their constant support, going above and beyond to be a good partner, tireless help in the warehouse and determination to help as many students as they can.

Winnie and Les Sloan

Feeling inspired? Lead your own drive!

These award winners show just a small snapshot of the diversity of our Drive Leaders--whether you’re a corporation of over 5,000, or one person donating on your own, you can make a huge impact on the lives of those around you this Holiday season. Register to lead a drive and help your community celebrate this year by giving!

Want to support FGT in other ways? Check out these fun opportunities to get involved:

Holiday Wish Drive Warehouse Volunteer Registration Opens in one week!Visit our website to register starting November 1st to reserve your spot in our warehouse.

Starting 11/8, The Palo Alto Players are putting on "A Christmas Story: The Musical!" Be sure to bring your spare change and gift donations--we'll be collecting them at each performance! Find tickets here. Palo Alto Players is offering $10 off tickets for every performance (excluding preview night on November 8) by using promo code “TREE10

Come to the 11/22 showing of City Lights' production of ""The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley." All tickets purchased with the code "FGT" donates $5 to Family Giving Tree! Find your tickets here.

The San Jose Barracuda are playing the Colorado Eagles on 11/22, and FGT is their Nonprofit Partner for that night! (It’s a busy night for us...) 🏒Bring a stuffed animal donation to toss on the ice, and purchase a puck to chuck for the chance to win prizes! Get your tickets here!


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