At Family Support Services, our goal is to support parents and caregivers in creating a positive holiday experience and a nurturing environment for children and youth. Our Holiday Sponsor program is a project that brings joy to families and donors alike during the holiday season. It also enhances the services we provide year round.
You are welcome to participate on your own, but sponsoring a family is also a wonderful bonding or team-building experience for family members, co-workers, or members of a social club. There are two easy ways to get involved:
How can I give as a Holiday Sponsor?
You can sponsor one or more families. If you are sponsoring by yourself or with your immediate family, you may wish to sponsor a small or medium-sized (2-4 person) family. If you are considering sponsoring along with a group of family members, friends or co-workers you may be able to sponsor two or more families, or a larger (5-10 person) family. We ask that you give at the level that is most comfortable for you.
You can also sponsor a youth in our Kinship Youth Program. Children and youth in KYP have made commitments to working hard on academics, participating in community services, and learning to be positive members of their communities. Most have been with us for many years, underscoring their dedication. You may sponsor one or more members of KYP. With your help, we can provide the youth and children in KYP with a special holiday season!
Finally, you can provide us with gift cards or public transit passes of any denomination. Gift cards for stores like Target, Walmart or Safeway are especially useful to our families in need of basic amenities. BART or Muni passes are also wonderful ways to help. We will distribute these gift cards to those most in need during the holidays – they are the easiest way for you to have an immediate, direct impact.
We will provide you a wish list completed by a family in need, which will include each family member’s first name, age, gender identity, clothing size, shoe size, and wish list items. The last name given will be fictitious in order to protect the family’s identity. This is an anonymous giving program so we will never give your contact information to the family, and we retain their identifying information as well.
If you would like to sponsor a family in the East Bay, please contact:
Kelly Cousins at (510) 834-2443 ext. 3051.
If you would like to sponsor a family in San Francisco, please contact:
Aysha Franco at (415) 861-4060 ext. 3015.