Give A Basket Full Of Love- WANI 1st Annual Easter Drive!

Help bring a basket full of love to homeless children on Motel Drive.

We Are Not Invisible is launching our first annual Easter Basket Drive for underprivileged children in an effort to make their Easter bright and fulfiling. Help us by donating pre-made baskets or items to add to baskets.

Drop Locations:

713 East Andrews Avenue, Fresno 93704

4946 East Yale Avenue, Suite 101-B, Fresno 93727

337 Ramona Street, Orange Cove 93446

5420 West Palo Alto Avenue, Fresno 93722

1560 Fulton Street #104, Fresno 93721

**Donations can also be purchased and sent to We Are Not Invisible through our Basket Of Love Amazon wish list here!**

Donation Wish List:
baskets/plastic buckets
Easter grass
plastic eggs
wrapped candy
Peeps marshmallows
small toys
jump ropes
kids’ arts and crafts supplies
small stuffer animals
coloring/ activity books
games/flash cards
cellophane sheets/rolls
monetary donations

Easter Basket wrapping party- Saturday, April 13, 12-5pm at Preferred Medical Solutions, 2505 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 150

Easter Basket Outreach- Saturday, April 20, 8:00am. Sign up to get meet up information.

Sign up to volunteer at Good For All here!!

Click here to download the flyer below (to print or share online)

Toys and Joys provides gifts for overlooked children

Director Desiree Martinez is asking for the community’s help to provide toys to homeless children who are often overlooked during the holiday toy drives. The toy drive will continue through Thursday, December 20 and toys will given out in an outreach on Saturday, December 22. Get more information here.

We Are Not Invisible has launched our annual Toys and Joy for Girls and Boys drive to take toys to homeless children along Motel Drive. Dez ssays that these children often are not included in other toys drives because of their parents inability to participate in the programs.

“During our other outreach efforts, I’d see the amount of children living in motels and in the streets, and I was shocked to find out that they were not receiving gifts for the holidays, “says Martinez. “This is who I thought would receive the gifts that I donated to organizations that held toy drives. I called around to many churches and organizations and asked if any go out into the community to deliver gifts. I found out that they were more than happy to add the children to the list to receive a gift but they did not deliver gifts. I knew myself that these families were homeless and living in motels. They did not have transportation to go to churches or other toy outreach locations and definitely did not have enough bus money to go to and from any toy donations spots.”

Martinez says that she also noticed that the toy drives exclude children of certain ages. She noted that the cut off age is 14, leaving out those who 15-17.

These observations inspired the Toys and Joys For Girls and Boys toy drive and outreach.

“I was really shocked about this, but instead of being sad, I decided that, instead of donating the gifts, I could go deliver them myself. So, I called a couple of friends with friends and set up a day to drive from motel to motel and deliver Christmas gifts to all the children and teens. I had a “Santa” volunteer (kids love Santa) and I had a couple of local motorcycle clubs volunteer to ride their bikes along with us (kids love motorcycles). So, with Santa, motorcycles, and gifts, the kids had a very happy, blessed day to remember.

“We also had some of the community reach out and join us in our holiday toy caravan to deliver food and clothing. This is what community holiday spirit is about to me. It was a beautiful sight to see the amount of people from many different areas of Fresno come together for our forgotten community.”

Since then, Martinez has continue to spearhead the effort, connecting with families they connect with throughout the year.

Doing the toy drives hasn’t been easy.

“Last year, when I went to pick up the toys from the toy drive pick up locations, we had empty boxes. I was in shock and just cried. I had no idea what to do or say so I went online to cancel the hand out. Many people came together at once.  I was, once again, in shock. I couldn’t believe it. I was on an emotional rollercoaster and happy to see what the community came together to do. We definitely had enough toys that, in addition to the children on our list, we were able to find a complex  dedicated to previously homeless families waiting for their own permanent home and bless them as well. Even though everything worked out at the last second, it was a very very emotional ride. This year, I am reaching out out further online than I had last year.”

Martinez started a Go Fund Me caampaign (go here for more details) to make it easier for people to donate and to help raise more support for the toy drive. Donations can also be made through Paypal here:

There are also drop off locations at MB Clothing and Apparel, 857 East Shields Avenue, Palo Alto Palace, 5430 West Palo Alto, and Fresno Ohana Pantry, 1560 Fulton Street.

Martinez encourages donors to donate to the age groups often overlooked: children up to three and teenagers. “When people donate, it’s usually for children ages four through twelve.”  The organization provided a list of suggested gifts, such as movie gift cards and perfume or books for toddlers on this post.

Martinez says that she is asked why they include the older teens. “I say ‘why not?’ These teens are homeless. Also, they have a huge responsibility on them. They help cook, clean, and raise their siblings, too. They deserve to be appreciated in every way. They are also our future.”

We Are Not Invisible also welcomes volunteers to help with wrapping and giving out the presents. More information is here