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Around the Bay Area, many students were sent home on March 19th. It was the first day of the Shelter-in-Place. For some students, transitioning to distance learning was simple. Their families already had the necessary supplies needed to learn from home. For others, this was a challenge. Low-income families were already struggling to make ends meet - how could they afford the extra costs that come with a pandemic?
With the help of our community and through the COVID-19 Education Relief Fund that was quickly created to meet this need, Family Giving Tree was able to offer assistance. By partnering with schools that were distributing meals to students on the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program, we were able to place kits into their hands, easing things at home.
Our Education Relief Fund provided students with School Supply Kits and grocery gift cards for their families. Each School Supply Kit included pens, pencils, a spiral notebook, eraser, glue stick, highlighters, crayons, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, ruler, 2-pocket folder, and a pencil sharpener. By providing the proper supplies, we were able to help students from low-income families around the Bay Area smoothly transition to distance learning. The kits also provided materials for creative activities at home.
The Education Relief Fund ended on May 8th and collected over $40,000 that funded our School Supply Kits and gift cards for families. It took 155 volunteer hours with two to five volunteers a day to safely pack all School Supply Kits. We were able to distribute over 3,900 kits with help from volunteers from Awakening Church, staff from Bay Area schools and our hard-working Ops Team here at Family Giving Tree.