Joy comes from many sources during the holidays. A huge source of joy here at Building Futures was seeing the way community members opened their hearts! Because of donors’ generosity, every single person Building Futures serves received a holiday gift. That is more than 400 households! And every child and adult at our shelters received a set of cozy jammies, too. We couldn’t be more grateful. From babies to elders, the smiles said it all.
This year, we carefully transitioned back to in person gift-giving, after nearly three years of social distancing. No small feat, given our continuing adherence to health regulations to protect safety.
The holidays can be a time of stress and worry. Imagine facing the holidays while experiencing homelessness or domestic violence. Building Futures is grateful for the businesses, clubs, and faith groups who participated in our 2022 holiday gift drive. We also send thanks to the hundreds of individuals who donated gifts, money, or toward Move-In Kits for families. The smile on a gift recipient’s face is a present unto itself. Even when times are tough, the holidays can be a time of magic!
Jammie Drive Tradition
For the tenth year running, Merideth Mehlberg Group, her team, and scores of caring Alameda neighbors ensured that Building Futures’ families received holiday gifts. We are so grateful for Merideth and her crew for their tireless work to make the holidays brighter with the annual Jammie Drive! Moving forward, the City of Alameda will undertake the project. The City took an active role this year, co-hosting gift drop-off sites, rain or shine! A world of thanks to Merideth, her team, all the Jammie Drive donors, and the City of Alameda!
It Takes a Village…
As they always do, energetic volunteers came to sort and wrap gifts and lend warmth to the proceedings. We are grateful to individual volunteers from the community and those representing from AAA, Alameda Homeless Network, Arbonne, Ghirardelli, Making Waves Studios, Kiwanis Club of San Leandro, Robert Half, Green Dot Corp, and Aderant who signed up to donate their time and talent to help brighten the season for children, teens, and adults served in every one of Building Futures’ programs.