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Give in Kind


Holidays can be a stressful time for all of us, and especially for the young people that Side by Side serves. Many of our clients are from low-income families where gifts are a significant strain on the family budget or they are former foster youth living on their own limited resources. Side by Side hopes to brighten our young people’s holiday season by ensuring that each has a present to unwrap.

Want to help by purchasing a gift? The following businesses have generously offered to showcase our clients’ holiday wish lists – stop in during the indicated time frames to pick up a tag and fulfill one or more wishes. Please return the gifts by December 15 to ensure that we can get them to our clients for the holidays!

Additionally, Side by Side clients will be represented in the Sonoma County Secret Santa program. Visit to see a list of participating Sonoma County businesses or “Adopt a Heart” online 11/1 – 12/24.

Also, clients from our Real Alternatives therapeutic housing program have their own Amazon Wishlist (available 11/15 – 12/7).

We are grateful to the Mill Valley Middle School, Sausalito Nursery School, Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro, and Kids Bike Lane for privately supporting our holiday giving program.


Our TAY Space program in downtown San Rafael serves youth ages 16-25 who struggle struggle with mental, behavioral, and/or emotional disorders including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression. Every December, the community drop-in center at TAY Space transforms into a Holiday Store where the youth who frequent the center can “shop” for gifts for their family and loved ones.

If you have new or gently used items (candles, home decor, jewelry, or other gift items) please drop them off before December 10th at TAY Space (615 B Street, San Rafael). Donations of wrapping paper and gift bags are also appreciated.


In-Kind donations help Side by Side deliver the highest quality services to youth and families in schools, communities, and homes. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about donating gift cards, furniture for our transitional housing program, vehicles, or professional services.

Gift cards to the following retail outlets are especially appreciated as they allow us to purchase kitchen and home items for our therapeutic housing program, incentivize youth participating in our YouThrive early intervention program, or purchase art supplies for our community drop-in centers: