Holiday Jammie Drive

Adopt a Family for Christmas

Our 2019 Jammie Drive has now concluded.    

Thank you to everyone who particpated in the 2019 Jammie Drive benefitting the residents of Alameda’s Midway Shelter and two other East Bay domestic violence shelters. This effort was coordinated through the Building Futures for Women and Children organization, which operates the shelters for our community. The gifts received directly support the women and children residents of Alameda’s Midway Shelter, their safe house, and the San Leandro Shelter.

This year’s effort provided Jammies and slippers for 60 families comprising 181 individuals. In addition, the donations included 30 soft fluffy robes for one shelter, warm coats for 8 families, a supply of cozy hats for the Alameda warming shelter as well as a general supply of socks, underwear and diapers for shelter residents.

But wait, there’s more. Participants also provided financial support totaling $7,300.  A special thanks goes out to Eugene Lee, Regina Hoshimi and Jagger Lee for their $4,000 contribution to fund the purchase and installation of two outdoor storage sheds.

We are so grateful for the generosity and support our community has shown for the Building Futures organization and the wonderful work they do to help those in need.


Who receives my gift?

The gifts are provided to the residents of three local facilities that support victims of domestic violence: Midway Shelter and its accompanying safe house, as well as the San Leandro Shelter. Some residents are single women, while some are single moms with between one and three children each, ranging in the age from six months up 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?

The deadline to bring your purchase to the drop-off is Friday, December 6th at 7:00pm (at the party location in Alameda). The deadline to make a financial contribution is Tuesday, December 24th at 5pm.

Where and when do I drop off my purchases?

Our preferred method is for you to come to the party on Friday, December 6th, 2019 in Alameda.  People who sign up to donate will be given the specific drop off location information.

If you cannot bring your donations to the party, you can drop them off by Wednesday, December 4th at 5pm, at any one of the Alameda fire stations.  Please make sure your unwrapped purchases are placed fully within a bag or box.  If you need more than one that is fine as it is better to have more containers than have clothing fall out and become separated.  Please FILL OUT A DONATION LABEL which you can download here, AND SECURELY ATTACH A COPY TO EACH BAG/CONTAINER.

Do I need to do anything special to drop off my donation at one of Alameda’s fire stations?

Drop off bins are available at each of the four Alameda fire stations:

  • Station #1,  2401 Encinal Ave
  • Station #2,  635 Pacific Ave
  • Station #3, 1625 Buena Vista Ave
  • Station #4,  2595 Mecartney Rd

The bins are green and marked with this year’s Jamie Drive logo. Bins are accessible any day of the week between 9 am and 6 pm.  Please ring the doorbell and a fireman on duty will answer to let you in. Please be aware if the crew on duty has been called out to an emergency, the station will be temporarily closed and the collection bin will be unavailable.

Please ensure your donation is fully contained in one or more bags/boxes and has a Donation Label attached.   Place inside the green bin and you are all set.  As the fire stations are also accepting donations for the annual Toys-for-Tots program, please be sure to place your clothing donation in the correct bin.

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

There are three ways: the preferred way is through SignupGenius.  Payment can be made via credit card or PayPal. The recommended amount is $20 per family member who you are adopting.  Second,  you can donate directly to Building Futures through their active campaign to rasie funds for two storage sheds.  Finally,  you can to write a check to Building Futures, and drop it by our office at 1516 Oak Street, #328 (next to Alameda’s Main Library), between the hours of 8am-5pm, M-F.  Please drop off or make your financial donation through Signup Genius by Thursday, December 5th at 5pm.  If you are donating directly to Building Futures, the last day to participate is December 24th.

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 toys or other cozy clothing is fine too. We have a separate selection for each family so that you may choose to donate slippers.  If you would like to donate jammies AND slippers, please be sure to select and sign up for both items.  All items must be new.

Can I wrap the gifts?

The Shelter has asked us NOT to wrap the gifts. They have volunteers, civic groups, and staff who take great joy in contributing to the giving effort by wrapping all the gifts. Also, 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. Thank you for your understanding.

Please bring your gifts in one bag (if possible).  Fill out and attach a donation label (which you can download here)  to each bag so we can make sure that your contributions get to your intended recipients. If your gifts are in multiple bags, please make sure to included a label on each bag.

You can make a card for the family, just leave their name off it because the name you have is not their true name. We will also have a spot for your kids to make cards at the party on December 6th.

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

Please download a donation label.  Fill out as instructed and securely attach a copy to each bag containing your donation.

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. We are actually going to have an activity for the children who attend the party on December 10th to make cards to go with the packages. Please do not use the fictionalized name 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. They will provide us with a toy bin to collect general toy contributions (not specific for your adopted family), and you can also put in toys for your specific adopted family if you wish. Toys must be new and unwrapped. If you want the toys you buy to go to your adopted family, put them in the bag with the jammies.

Tell me about the holiday party on Dec. 6th – can I bring my kids?

Yes! People who sign up to donate will receive a separate Evite invitation with all of the party details. The holiday party will be a time to celebrate the giving experience. It’s a great time for our kids to come together to bring the presents, give them to the Shelter employees who will be taking them back to distribute to the Shelter’s residents, and to have some holiday fun doing some craft projects, eating yummy treats, and enjoying some entertainment. The Shelter’s leadership will be there to tell us how our contributions help the Shelter’s residents start the next, happier chapter of their lives. My children will be there (10 and 11-year-olds), and I hope you’ll bring yours, too. Jammie attire encouraged (we’ll be wearing ours).  You can stop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time. Light refreshments and desserts will be provided.

Entertainment will be provided by the talented Barefoot Quales family band who will regale us again with their delightful folk music.

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

Adoptions are now open! Click here to make your selection.

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

Adoptions are now open! Click here to make your selection.

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

The invite will come to you via Paperless Post sometime after you’ve signed up to donate but before December 4th.

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

The signup page includes an item for making a cash donation.  Please visit the SignupGenius site and scroll down to the sign up section. The first option is for a monetary donation. Click sign up and you’ll be taken to another screen where you can input your donation amount and submit via credit card or Paypal.  If you need assistance, please be in touch and we will be glad to help.

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 by bringing food to the party, organizing a craft or helping with additional shopping required for the families that are choosing to donate money, please be in touch.