Family Giving Tree
Family Giving Tree (History)

The History of the Family Giving Tree

The Family Giving Tree began in 1990 as a San Jose State University MBA class project.  Jennifer Cullenbine and Todd Yoshida were asked to "create a program that adds value to someone else's life." They created the Family Giving Tree with the hope of providing holiday gifts to 300 children in East Palo Alto.  Encouraged by the success of the first year, Jennifer decided to continue and expand the organization.  In the 20th year of the program's existence, the total number of gifts and backpacks donated had grown to over 700,000, making the Family Giving Tree the largest gift and backpack donation program in California.

We partner with the Family Giving Tree‘s Holiday Wish Drive.  Their program relies on agencies like Estrella Family Services to ensure thousands of underprivileged children have the happy memoires they deserve.  Estrella distributes the toys to our low-income children.

 


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