I hope this message finds you healthy and doing well. Here at Building Futures, we’re busy with our programs and services, including our newly expanded domestic violence and housing programs. We’re also planning our annual holiday gift drive.

We are asking generous community partners to participate again in the gift drive. Your gifts will make the holidays warmer for your neighbors in need. It’s a great way to brighten the holidays for children and adults served in Building Futures’ shelters, housing, and domestic violence programs!

Our flyer can be downloaded below, and we have also listed the needed items below in case that’s more convenient. All gifts must be new and unwrapped. Arrange to drop off gifts, plan a gift drive, or create an online campaign! To get started, email [email protected]

We prefer monetary donations or gift cards because it gives us the most flexibility to help the women and children we serve. Items are also great, especially as folks begin to go back to the workplace after working from home for so long.

Our 2022 Item Donation Wish List

Children 0-12

  • Pajamas + slippers
  • Underwear + socks
  • Coats, hats + gloves
  • Educational toys
  • Dolls + action figures (multiracial preferred)

Teens 13-17

  • Pajamas + slippers
  • Underwear + socks
  • Body spray, full-sized bath + body kits
  • Gift cards ($25 increments)
    Preferred: Walmart or Target
    Also Old Navy,Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Regal or Cinemark Theatres


  • Pajamas + slippers
  • Underwear + socks
  • Scarves, hats + gloves
  • Full size bath/body kits
  • Adult coloring + journals
  • Gift Cards ($25 increments)
    Preferred: Walmart or Target
    Also Old Navy, Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Regal or Cinemark Theatres

DEADLINE: We must receive your gift items, gift cards, or monetary donations by Monday, December 12.

2022 Holiday Group Flyer

For more information, contact:

Meron [email protected]

Joyce: [email protected]

Ana: [email protected]

Thanks to the following groups and businesses for helping make the holidays brighter for those we serve! 

2021 Holiday Donors

  • Alameda Alliance for Health
  • Alameda County Firefighters Toy Program
  • All Good Living Foundation
  • Amador Valley Quilters
  • Assumption Church SL
  • Bananas
  • Berkeley Buddhist Temple Youth Group
  • Charles Schwab
  • Church of Latter-Day Saints
  • City of Alameda Staff
  • Community Realty & Investments
  • East Bay Moms Demand Action
  • First Congregational Church of Alameda
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Ghirardelli Staff
  • Girl Scout Troop #32971
  • Girl Scout Troop #33428
  • Kaiser Staff
  • Kiwanis SL
  • Mary Kay – Kelly Clardy
  • Mary Kay – Marsha Amaral
  • Montclair Piedmont Rotary
  • Old Navy (Bayfair)
  • Optimist Club
  • Pack 556
  • Pallen’s Martial Arts
  • Rotary Alameda
  • Rotary SL
  • Starbucks

2020 Holiday Donors

  • Alameda County Firefighters, Local 55 Toy Program

  • Alameda Firefighters Toy Program

  • Amador Valley Quilters Group

  • Avalon Schultz

  • Berkeley Buddhist Temple Dharma School Class

  • Bloo Foundation

  • California Federated Women’s Club

  • Chinese Bible Church

  • Christ Church

  • Christine Wong and United Brokers Real Estate

  • City Council of Alameda , Pete Ballew

  • City of Alameda Holiday Drive 2020

  • D&S Garden Supply

  • Ellie’s Neighborhood Gift Drive

  • First Congregational Church of Alameda

  • First United Methodist Church San Leandro

  • Ghirardelli

  • Girl Scout Troop #33429

  • Grodin Financial and Insurance Services

  • Jammie Drive by Meredith Mehlberg LLC

  • JOY Group, Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints

  • Kaiser MCRO Team

  • Kiwanis Alameda

  • Marina Village Neighbors

  • Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Kelly Clardy and friends

  • Moms Demand Action

  • Pappo’s Restaurant

  • Qiara’s Creations

  • Rigatoni’s Fresh Italian Grill Catering

  • Rotary Alameda

  • San Leandro Color

  • University of California, Office of the President and Friends

  • UPS

  • Waste Management

  • Women in Operations, UPS Northern California

  • Women’s Impact Network, WIN, Starbucks Northern California

2019 Holiday Donors

  • ABB Optical
  • Access Elevator & Electric Supply
  • Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Alameda County Social ServicesAlpha Delta Kappa (Allison Hall)
  • Amador Valley Quilters
  • Amazon
  • Baby Mamas of Alameda 2018
  • Berkeley Buddhist Temple
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Ben Franklin Electric Club of Northern California
  • Best Price Furniture
  • Cee Cee and Bee
  • City of Alameda
  • City of Oakland
  • City of San Leandro
  • Community Realty & Investments
  • Councilmember Pete Ballew
  • Division 6 Staff of San Leandro
  • Exelixis
  • Extended Stay America
  • First Congregational Church of Alameda
  • First Methodist Church of San Leandro
  • First Presbytarian Church of San Leandro
  • Flores Optometry
  • Ghirardelli
  • Grodin Financial and Insurance Services
  • Hult International Business School
  • Inner Wheel of San Leandro
  • Iron Souls Motorcycle Club of Oakland
  • Jessica Stark of Mary Kay Cosmetics (Kelly Clardy)
  • John Casselberry & Madeleine Connor— Free Planet Press
  • JOY Group—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Kiwanis Club of San Leandro
  • Luna Bar
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Merideth Mehlberg Group International
  • Moms Demand Action
  • Mr. Moxey’s
  • Nano Precision Medical
  • Nelson Staffing
  • Oloshas United Bay Area
  • Petals and Peacocks
  • Razas Unidas
  • Rigatoni’s Fresh Italian Grill
  • Social Justice Committee of Temple Israel
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Berkeley
  • St. Vartan Armenian Church
  • Team Juliana, Inc.
  • United Methodist Women of San Leandro
  • University of California— Office of the President
  • UPS
  • Wells Fargo

2018 Donors

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