Holiday Jammie Drive

Adopt a Family for Christmas

Coming Soon!  The 2021 Jammie Drive.

The Jammie Drive benefits the residents of Alameda’s Midway Shelter and four other shelters in the East Bay supporting those affected by domestic violence.  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.

Last year, our community was able to provide cozy jammies and slippers to all 124 families totaling 214 individuals.  In addition, participants donated over $13,500.  The funds were earmarked for projects at Midway shelter including a children’s room refresh and general improvements to support pandemic driven social distancing requirement for the group housing environment.  We are so thankful for everyone’s continuing support of those in need within our community and look forward to another year of caring.

We expect to open adoptions in early November.  However, the need is not seasonal.  It continues year-round. If you are looking for a way to help right now, we encourage you to reach out to Building Futures for Women and Children directly to see how. 


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?

We are still working with shelter adminstrators to determine the deadline for all gifts of clothing and gift cards to be received by Building Futures (and when we will close adoption signups).  Check back once adoptions have opened for the 2021 Jammie Drive.

Where and when do I drop off my purchases?

Due to the ongoing pandemic and changing local guidance for in-person interactions, we will again request donations be shipped directly to Building Futures or that you use one of the limited drop-off options. Shipping instructions, including requested labeling and delivery address, can be found here.  If you plan to use one of the drop-off options, please download the shipping instructions, complete the drop-off label on the last page and include with your donation.

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

Donations can be made via check made payable to “Building Futures for Women and Children”.  Please send via mail directly to their offices at 1840 Fairway Dr.  San Leandro, CA 94577.  The deadline to donate for the Jammie Drive 2021 is Friday, December 22nd, however Buidling Futures 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. 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?

Shelter staff 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.

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.

Tell me about the holiday party – can I bring my kids?

Yes! People who sign up to donate will receive a separate Evite invitation with all of the virtual party details. The holiday party will be a time to celebrate the giving experience and will include music and entertainment. Once the date as been finalized, we will update this page.

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

Adoptions for the 2021 Jammie Drive wil lopen soon.  If you have not participated before, please fill out the form below to let us know you are interested and we will add you to our list and notify you when we are ready to start adoption signups.

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

Thank you for your interest. When the 2021 Jammie Drive begins, we will use Signup Genius for the adoption process. If you have any problems accessing the signup page, please send us an email.

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

We are currently in planning mode for 2021.  Please check back.

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

Our sign up page is now closed.  To make a financial donation, please visit the Building Futures direct giving page here.  Once this page closes on December 22nd, please reach out directly to Building Futures.

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.