Kekokua Foundation | Holiday Drive
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Holiday Drive

Our Holiday Drive is our winter campaign through the Giving Tree. Every year we receive "wish lists" from children and families throughout the Bay Area with items that they want some are even necessities. The firm is split up into groups of 4-6 employees and are sent out with a shopping list of items to purchase for the children (and sometimes adults with special needs).

This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to participate and give back to the community, especially during the holidays when it is most appreciated.

We then delivery hundreds of presents to the organization so they can be wrapped and dispersed to the families. These children will get to wake up with a smile on their face on Christmas morning.

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 23rd year of the program's existence, the total number of gifts and backpacks donated had grown to over 900,000, making the Family Giving Tree the largest gift and backpack donation program in California.

The Family Giving Tree envisions a world where every child is made to feel like a valuable part of their community through a shared belief in the power of giving.

In 2015, we were able to purchase gifts for 100 underprivileged children and some adults with special needs. In addition to purchasing gifts, we also purchased gift cards for groceries and provided each child with a tooth brush.