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October 14, 2011 > Family Giving Tree Needs Warehouse Space

Family Giving Tree Needs Warehouse Space

Submitted By Barbara Lewis

Family Giving Tree (http://www.familygivingtree.org) is in urgent need of warehouse space from November 21, 2011-January 7, 2012 in which to process donations of gifts to this year's 22nd annual Holiday Wish Drive. The drive will serve approximately 60,000 Bay Area children this holiday season.

"With the Holiday Wish Drive gearing up and gift delivery from host organizations beginning in early December, the need to acquire warehouse space now is very urgent," says Family Giving Tree Chief Operations Officer David Bratton-Kearns. "We need a minimum of 100,000 square feet with a lot of open floor space. For a complete listing of our needs, see our Warehouse Wish List on our website."

According to Bratton-Kearns, any location within Silicon Valley is suitable. "In past years, we have relied on the generosity of companies like Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, Wells Fargo, Juniper Networks and iStar Financial that have provided temporary warehouse space for us during our Holiday Wish and Back to School drives. We urge any company with sufficient empty space to contact us as soon as possible. They may contact me, David Bratton-Kearns, at davidbk@familygivingtree.org or
408-946-3111, extension 200, or Program Manager Al Galan at al@familygivingtree.org or 408-946-3111, extension 228."

During the Holiday Wish Drive, low income children who have registered with recipient social services agencies and schools are identified and interviewed to name their specific gift wishes. The Holiday Wish Drive requests are printed on cards and distributed by the Family Giving Tree to host companies, schools, churches and community organizations throughout the Bay Area. Businesses place Giving Trees in areas where their employees and/or customers may donate gifts. Participants choose a card from the tree, purchase the requested gift and return it with the wish card. Approximately 6,000 volunteers at the Family Giving Tree's warehouse collect, sort, wrap and distribute the gifts to the recipient agencies for presentation to the individual children.

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