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Family Giving Tree
606 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035

This nonprofit is best known for its fall Backpack Drive when it delivers 17,000 school bags stuffed with supplies toMore kids who need it the most. For the most part, it's a hub for individuals and companies alike to donate time and money to benefit Bay Area children who receive free or reduced price lunches at school.  

Both middle schools in Milpitas and a host of elementary schools receive backpacks, including Zanker, Weller, Spangler, Rose, Randall, Pomeroy and Burnett. With a full-time staff of 16, the Family Giving Tree depends on 750 volunteers a year.

The holiday gift drive produces more toys and clothes than backpacks. According to the program director, 65,000 gifts are distributed to agencies close to Christmas time.

Dollar Tree
1350 S Park Victoria Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

True to its name, everything in this store is one dollar or less. Have limited cash on hand? Before you head out toMore shop at a regular store for something you need, be sure to check out the Dollar Tree--and bring an extra-large shopping bag. This store carries a huge selection of party items, greeting cards, gift bags, stationary, seasonal/holiday items, household items, health and personal items, toys, arts and crafts, school supplies, teachers' supplies and much more.

You can also stay home and shop online. Gift cards are available and you get free shipping. It's possible to buy items in bulk online. Dollar Tree regularly features specials both at the store and on the web. 

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