Community Corner: Bay Area Nonprofit Collects Backpacks For Kids

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One child is happy with her new school supplies. (Family Giving Tree)

One child is happy with her new school supplies. (Family Giving Tree)

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MILPITAS (KCBS) – As many kids and parents prepare to go back-to-school-shopping to get ready for the new school year, there are many who just don’t have access to basic school supplies. That’s where the Family Giving Tree comes in.   Headquartered in Milpitas, this nonprofit is committed to providing backpacks filled with school supplies to those children in our communities who are most in need.

David Bratton-Kearns, Chief Operations Officer of Family Giving Tree, says the backpack and supplies each child receives will be able to help them for the entire school year.

KCBS’ Connie C. Kim talks to David Bratton-Kearns, Chief Operations Officer of Family Giving Tree:

The Family Giving Tree has been around since 1990 and through their annual Back to School Drive and their Holiday Gifting Drives they have helped one million children to date.

Thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies are collected in a warehouse, ready for distribution. (Family Giving Tree)

Thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies are collected in a warehouse, ready for distribution. (Family Giving Tree)

Their Back to School Drive targets children enrolled in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Meal Program.

“Every once in a while we get to go to a distribution party where the students are getting the backpacks and it’s pretty amazing,” Bratton-Kearns shared.  “They’re so excited to get the backpacks and all the materials in them.”

 

Volunteers and donations are always needed.  People may donate online or go to a participating Peet’s Coffee and Tea location where they can pick up a card that lists exact needs, go buy a backpack, buy the materials and bring it back to the Peet’s where the organization will pick up the items.

To find out how you can make a contribution go to www.FamilyGivingTree.org.

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