Treehut makes its home within the diverse, culturally rich Bay Area community. We make, ship, and do business right here in San Francisco. That is why we feel the need to give back. When Family House, a San Francisco non-profit located right around the corner contacted us, we were more than happy to get to know our neighbors: people who make a very real, direct impact in our communities, with ripple effects into the rest of the world.
Family House San Francisco describes themselves as "a home away from home for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving treatment at The UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital." As an organization that provides comfort and hope to youth facing family hardship, they worried about not having enough gifts to distribute to the older kids this past season.
Our answer was simple: Yes.
Treehut team member and marketing coordinator Cody took a trip around the block on a cold, San Francisco morning to drop off a special batch of our wooden watches to the teens at Family House.
Every child at Family House walks in through tall glass doors into a warm lobby often punctuated by panting therapy dogs in the play area. As they are greeted and become acclimated to a new and stressful environment, they walk down a tan tiled hallway to a room known affectionately as Fozzy's Toy Room.
The toy room is where every child that comes through the doors at Family House gets to pick out a toy of their choice for their stay at Family house.
The room overflows with toys, board games, stuffed animals, coloring books, arts and crafts--anything a kid could want! Treehut was proud to contribute a mix of watches and sunglasses to the already spectacular toy room.
"The older kids will enjoy the watches," said Alison Blom, Development Associate at Family House.
"It is such a turbulent time," she continued, speaking of their circumstances. "Our goal is to give them a little bit of normalcy, a bit of home while they are here."
For a place that does so much, Treehut was happy to do even just a little.
We are beyond thankful for the work of our dedicated neighbors at Family House. For more information on what you can do to help visit the Family House website at http://familyhouseinc.org/