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June 4, 2013 > 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 July 15-August 31, 2013 to process donations to this year's annual Back to School Drive. "With the Back to School Drive kicking off on June fifth and warehouse operations scheduled to begin August first, the need to acquire adequate space now is very urgent," says Family Giving Tree Chief Operations Officer David Bratton-Kearns.

The warehouse space needed must be at least 35,000 square feet and include restrooms (two per gender), lighting, electrical outlets, one loading dock and street-level, drive by access for loading and unloading.

According to Bratton-Kearns, any location within Silicon Valley is suitable, though the "sweet spot" for donation drop-offs by host companies and organizations is an area bounded by Interstate Highway 880 on the east, Route 237 on the north, El Camino Real (Route 82) on the west and Interstates 280/680 on the south.

"'Nice to haves' would be a covered drive through, an office that can be secured and a separate room for staff breaks and meals," continues Bratton-Kearns. "If a single warehouse were available that could accommodate both our Back to School Drive and our Holiday Wish Drive (which requires 100,000 square feet of space), that scenario would be ideal, but is not necessary. Our focus is on filling our immediate need for the Back to School Drive. Potential donors of warehouse space may reach me at (408) 946-3111, extension 200 or davidbk@familygivingtree.org."

The drive operates much like Family Giving Tree's Holiday Wish program. Wish cards are sent to host companies and organizations to be displayed on colorful posters, which Family Giving Tree provides. Individuals may take a card and shop for a new backpack and fill it with the recommended school supplies or donate money by mail or online at www.familygivingtree.org for purchase of the items by Family Giving Tree.

Detailed information is available at www.familygivingtree.org.

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