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Menlo-Atherton High School


M-A Holiday Gift Drive

The annual M-A Holiday Gift Drive helps to brighten the holidays of families in need within the M-A community.  Each year we fulfill the holiday wish lists of around 80 families. We invite all members of the community to participate in our gift giving program.  

Program Details

This year we are partnering with Ecumenical Hunger Program, a neighboring organization that for over four decades, has been serving the community by providing food, clothing, furniture, household goods, and advocacy for those in need.

We are looking for families and groups to sponsor or adopt a family to help make their wishes come true. By participating in the Holiday Gift Drive, your family, office, church, book club, sports team, scout troop, professional organization, church, and or social group can directly give to a family within our own M-A community.

As a donor, you will receive a wish list for an M-A family from Ecumenical Hunger. The wish lists include names, ages, sizes, favorite colors and toy requests to make your shopping fun and easy. Our goal is to provide $30 gifts to family members age 18 and under and a gift card for the family. Gifts should include a toy for small children. Wrapped gifts can be directly delivered to Ecumenical Hunger- 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto, CA by December 15th. You can also bring gifts to M-A anytime the week of December 11 through December 15th and we will deliver them to Ecumenical Hunger Program. If you have further questions you can contact Ecumenical Hunger 650-323-7781 or email lakesha@ehpcares.org.

Sign-up to be a donor

To become a gift donor, sign up here. You will receive your family's wish-list at the beginning of December. You can also give a monetary donation of any amount that will go directly to buying gifts. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the M-A main office. Make checks payable to to EHP or make a donation online at www.ehpcares.org


Shopping Hints

Here are a few hints to help with shopping. Gifts should be around $30 per person for family members age 18 years and younger. Please, also include a $25 - $50 gift card for the family. These values are guidelines. Please use your own discretion. Please provide a toy for all children. Popular choices are Barbies, doll sets, Dora, princesses, art supplies, trucks, star wars, legos, and sports balls and equipment. Favorite colors can be used for clothing requests. Warm pajamas and sweatshirts are always great ideas. Please include gift receipts.

If you are completely stuck for what to get teenagers on your lists, gift cards are great – just please wrap them like a present.

For many of our families, these will be the only gifts that they will receive. This year we are focusing on presents for students 18 and younger. We have provided you with the number of adults in the household. If you choose, you can increase the value of the family gift card based on the family size. If you wish, you can provide a family gift like blankets, kitchen wares, family games, candy or other holiday treats. Another choice would be to buy the adults a warm hat or scarf. Buying for the adults in the family is completely optional and left to your discretion.

Gift Drop-Off

Gifts should be wrapped and labeled for each person. All the gifts for one family should be enclosed in one or two large closable bags. Attach the family wish list to the outside of the large bag. Be sure to include gift receipts for easy returns.

Wrapped gifts can be directly delivered to Ecumenical Hunger- 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto, CA by December 15th. You can also bring gifts to M-A anytime the week of December 11 through December 15th and we will deliver them to Ecumenical Hunger Program. If you have further questions you can contact Ecumenical Hunger 650-323-7781 or email lakesha@ehpcares.org. You can also email us at magiftdrive@seq.org

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