December 27th, 2019
My Two Front Teeth & The Family Giving Tree
When we heard the name of this great organization, My Two Front Teeth.Org we were so excited to share it with you all this holiday season. This Bay Area non-profit organization reaches out to needy children during the holidays to fulfill Christmas wishes. However, my staff and I were brought to tears when we discovered that this small non-profit merged with a bigger non-profit called The Family Giving Tree, and that the possibilities would be phenomenal!
My Two Front Teeth is an organization that teams up with local giving trees and creates an online presence allowing givers to play Santa to those in need all over. The selfless reason they merged with The Family Giving Tree was simple: by merging and combining resources, talent and expertise, they would be able to reach even more needy children in need during the holidays season.
The Family Giving Tree began in 1990 as a San Jose State University MBA class project. Two students, 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. Fueled by the success of their first year, Jennifer decided to continue and expand the organization. Now, 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.
The names and exact wishes of children are collected and printed on wish cards. These cards are then shared with people in the community who select one (or more) wish cards and take pleasure in shopping and fulfilling the wish. Leaders then collect these gifts and drop them at the organization’s warehouse where they are sorted and organized for pick-up by agencies and schools. See our Journey Of A Wish for a visual representation of this process. Each child gets to actually choose their own toy/gift! Remember when you were a kid and would pore through the Sunday paper in search of the latest toy advertisements during the holidays? Well, this organization allows these children to do exactly that! And then they guarantee that they will get exactly what they want, not just charity gifts which might be chosen and distributed at random.
Kate’s Island Shop has set a goal of providing making 30 children’s dreams come true this Christmas! Help us make this goal a reality by purchasing in-store or online! Together we will be the change we want to see in the world!
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I'm Kate, the designer and owner for Kates Island Shop.