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Warm Wishes Mission

Together, we have provided support and comfort to those in need:

  • Distributed 1,000,000+ warm items to the less fortunate
  • Served 1,000,000+ people and 100+ human services agencies
  • Covered Bay Area counties and beyond
  • Engaged thousands of volunteers

Warm Wishes creates a personal relationship between our volunteers and the street community when once a year volunteers distribute 5,000 “StreetPacks,” or backpacks, stuffed with warm gloves, scarves, hats, wool socks, and rain ponchos to homeless men, women, and children, living on the streets of the Bay Area. The winter accessories are brand new, manufactured under the direction of and funded by Warm Wishes, to help them survive the difficult weather months.

In addition, one of the most valued pieces in each StreetPack is a heart-warming, personal holiday card hand-written by Bay Area children.

Join Founder Bill Hamm on Distribution Day, our volunteers, including families and their children, meet at Unity In Marin (in Novato) and within two hours assembling the StreetPacks. They then take to the road to personally distribute the packs to the Bay Area homeless. Our purpose is for the homeless people to stay warm and perhaps to save a life, and for our volunteers to reap the rewards of looking into the eyes of a stranger, of coming closer to understanding their plight, and filling with the feeling of doing good for others.

This year we are requesting donations at the door on Distribution Day to offset the costs of the items for the homeless. Suggested donation is $10.00 for adults (children are free) but please be as generous as you can. We are committed to providing new items that are purchased specifically for this population and need your support.

Warm Wishes!

Donate Now!

This year we make it easy to give this meaningful and practical present. Just $20 makes this gift possible for an adult or child who has fallen through the cracks.

Here’s what your gift will do:

  • $20 provides 1 StreetPack
  • $40 provides 2 StreetPacks
  • $60 provides 3 StreetPacks
  • $100 provides StreetPacks to a family of 5
  • $200 provides 10 StreetPacks
  • $500 provides 25 StreetPacks

Just $20 covers the cost of one Warm Wishes StreetPack.


Assembly Day: December 1st, 2018

Assembly Day Instructions (PDF)

Warm Wishes Holiday Card Project

Holiday Card Project Instructions (PDF)

Warm Wishes Donors

$5,000 and above

  • Marin Community Foundation
  • County of Marin

$1,000 – $4,999

  • City of Sausalito
  • Marin Airporter
  • Michelle Schmitt

$500 – $999

  • Hennessy Funds
  • Rotary Club of Tiburon, Sunset Foundation

$100 – $499

  • Vicki Basehart and Sharon Church
  • Amy and Erik Berkowitz
  • Deborah Celle
  • Elisa Chiu
  • Greenwood Electric
  • The Gustke Family
  • Karen Hawkey and Opus Bank
  • Barrett Hoppe
  • Terry Jackson
  • Robert Jensen
  • John and Mary Kaufmann
  • Elizabeth Lowe
  • Marin Center for Independent Living
  • Laurie Nardone
  • Herbert and Patricia Richardson
  • Penelope Schutz and Girls Scouts Troop 32163
  • Robert Spofford
  • Michael and Evelin Sullivan
  • Top Producers Club