Adopt a Family for Christmas

The 2021 Jammie Drive.  Adoptions are now open!

Sign up to donate new Jammies here.

The Jammie Drive benefits the residents of Alameda’s Midway Shelter and four other shelters in the East Bay including those affected by domestic violence and homelessness. This effort is coordinated through the Building Futures for Women and Children organization, which operates the shelters for our community. All gifts received directly support the women and children residents of Alameda’s Midway Shelter, their safe house, the shelter in neighboring San Leandro, and two others.

During each of the past 8 years of the Jammie Drive, the support from our community has grown. Starting with donations for 23 families in 2013, your generosity in 2020 supported 124 families with clothing and funds of $13,500 to support pandemic driven facility improvements.

With the demand for space in the shelters continuing to increase, BFWC has a renewed focus on reducing the length of stay in the shelters and transitioning residents into permanent housing. Since shelter residents have little more than the ‘clothes on their back’, there are many basic items needed when moving into their own housing. Beds, sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, cooking utensils and initial groceries to name a few.

In addition to Jammies, this year we are asking for donations to assist BFWC in providing ‘move-in kits’ to shelter residents transitioning to permanent housing. These donations can be made directly to BFWC via Alameda’s this web page, starting November 10th. If your employer offers donation matching, please team up and make a larger impact. With your help we can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.


Who receives my gift?

The gifts are provided to the residents of five local facilities that support victims of domestic violence: Midway Shelter and its accompanying safe house, as well as three additional shelters in the East Bay. Some residents are single women, while some are single moms with between one and six children each, ranging in age from newborns to teenagers. The Shelter’s safe house is a place for moms who are back in the workforce, further along in their transition than the Shelter residents.

I decided to make this a personalized giving campaign. This means we have set up a way for you to adopt an individual family and use their age, gender, and size information to provide gifts specific to each family member. For the purposes of confidentiality to protect the residents, family names have been fictionalized, but your contribution does go to the family you select.

What is the deadline for donating / purchasing and dropping off gifts?

Buildings Futures has asked that all clothing gifts be received at their adminstrative offices no later than Tuesday, December 14th. This allows them the time needed to organize the donations, coordinate delivery with individual facility managers and complete gift-wrapping.

Where and when do I drop off my purchases?

Due to the ongoing pandemic and changing local guidance for in-person interactions, we are again requesting donations be shipped directly to the BFWC adminstrative offices. Shipping instructions, including the delivery address and how to label your package will be sent to the email address used during the sign-up process. They can also be found here.

How do I donate money if I don’t want to do the shopping myself?

Financial donations can be made in one of two ways:

  1. Via check made payable to “Building Futures for Women and Children”.  Please add ‘Jammie Drive’ to the memo field and send via mail directly to:  Jammie Drive, c/o BFWC, 1840 Fairway Dr.  San Leandro, CA 94577.
  2. Visit the BFWC direct giving web page here.

The deadline for financial donations to the Jammie Drive 2021 is Friday, December 31st, however BFWC will gladly accept donations all year long.

If I am doing the shopping myself, what do I buy?

For the moms: pajamas or sweatshirts/pants.  For the kids, pajamas plus optional underwear and socks. Including other cozy clothing is fine too. All items must be new.

Can I wrap the gifts?

Shelter staff has asked us NOT to wrap the gifts. Sometimes there is a need to make a few substitutions, so being able to see what is being provided is very helpful to the Shelter staff. Once donations have been matched to the intended recipients, BFWC has volunteers, civic groups, and staff who take great joy in contributing to the giving effort by wrapping all the gifts. Thank you for your understanding.

How do I label my gifts so that they get to the right person?

Please download the shipping/labeling instructions here. This will help shelter staff keep track and organize the donations as they arrive.

If I want to make a card for my family, who should I address it to?

You can make a card with no “To:” on it.  Keep in mind the names of the family you are donating to have been fictionalized for privacy reasons.  Please do not use these names on your card as that is not something the actual family will recognize. Just put your card with your gifts and they will get to the right family.

Can I include other things such as new toys in my gift?

Yes, the shelter welcomes your additional gifts.  All additional gifts should be new and unwrapped.

I want to be involved but haven’t adopted my family yet. How do I get started?

Adoptions for the 2021 Jammie Drive are now open. Signups can be accessed here.

I reached out to say I’m interested and have not received my login to SignupGenius.

Thank you for your interest. Signups for the 2021 Jammie Drive are now open. Please visit the sign up page here.

I adopted a family in SignupGenius but haven’t received an invite to the party.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic and, out of an abundance of caution, we will not be hosting an in-person drop-off / Thank you party as in the past.

I haven’t adopted a family and wish to make a general monetary donation to be used for whatever still needs to be purchased.

To make a financial donation, please visit the BFWC direct giving web page here. Once this page closes on December 24th, please reach out directly to Building Futures for Women and Children.

I am not on the notification list for this event and would like to be. How do I get on it?

Fill out the form below to be added to the list.

Do you need any additional help?

Yes! We certainly could use some help with various aspects of this event. If you are interested in helping out with organizing the party or helping with additional shopping required for the families that are choosing to donate money, please be in touch.