Giving for Living
What is Giving for Living?
Giving for Living is Giving Children Hope’s donation redistribution center. Products are donated by generous corporations and in turn are redistributed to qualified nonprofit agencies and schools serving those in need. Nonprofits apply for membership and these memberships are reviewed for renewal annually.
How does it work?
Giving for Living works with and supports nonprofits and schools throughout Southern California. The program assists these partners in obtaining the supplies they need to run their programs and meet the needs of the people they serve. Because of generous corporate donations, Giving Children Hope is able to maximize nonprofits’ limited funding by providing resources at nominal handling fees. All fees go toward administrative costs and maintenance of the Giving for Living center.
Who can utilize the Giving for Living program?
The Giving for Living Donation Center is open to our community of nonprofit partners and schools including pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation programs, youth programs, senior centers, and a variety of churches throughout Southern California. The program is open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program is not open to the general public.
What types of items are available?
Donations often include personal care products, over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies, basic living needs such as sheets, towels, heaters, cooking essentials and a variety of household goods. Currently, the center is not able to receive donations from individuals.
Giving Children Hope was recently invited to the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA. Over 400 Native American students live and learn at the Sherman boarding school. Many of them are foster children rescued from the plight of their reservations. Sherman provides a safe haven for these teens, with daily meals and roofs over their heads; however, their needs are still great. During our visit we came with palettes of food, just in case. As soon as our truck arrived, one student left his classroom to see if they could get something to eat. You could see the hunger on his face. We also had a chance to tour their dorm rooms. They are very simple with plastic mattresses and few clothes.
The students of Sherman are grateful for what they have been given, so much so that many of them dread returning home during the holidays because of the lack of food, shelter, and possible dangers they may face.
Our mission is to give children hope. It is our privilege to provide the teens of Sherman sustainable hope in the form of 50 new mattresses. This is just step one; we aim to take many more steps of hope in the weeks, months and years to come.