Family Giving Tree

Since 1990, Family Giving Tree has fulfilled the holiday wishes of children in low-income neighborhoods.

The Elves at Family Giving Tree had applied several times in the past and weren’t chosen. But that didn’t stop them from applying again and again. In 2012, their persistence paid off and we selected them to be part of our fifth Wired. Our selecting them couldn’t have come at a better time for the organization as 2012 was the year they celebrated helping a million children.

The big wins

We were able to gear Family Giving Tree up for their Millionth Child Celebration.

  • Website

    Responsive website with Foundation 3

    Foundation 3 made it easy for us to move quickly from sketches to prototype. Having a prototype also made it easier for both the visual design team and the content writing team to envision where they needed to focus their efforts.

  • Stickers

    Brochures, posters, cards and stickers … Oh, my!

    With both the visual design team and the content writing team working in tandem, we were able to craft new brochures that Family Giving Tree can use for years to come. We also were able to create posters, invitations and Thank You cards to help the Elves celebrate their accomplishment of helping a million children. We were able to do all that and still meet our tight print deadlines!

  • Shirts

    Stylish new t-shirts

    Not only were we able to create new print materials, but we had enough time to whip up not one, but two new t-shirts for the Elves to wear while sorting through all the holiday gifts they collect.

  • Newsletter

    Brand-new Newsletter

    We were able to update Family Giving Tree’s newsletter, pulling elements from all the other branding aspects. We focused on the logo and the purple motif so that there was a consistent look across the board. Other elements were also pulled into the newsletter more in line with the new website.

“24 hours of non-stop coffee and coding, what a wonderful experience! Now sleep.”

Jordan Humphreys
Engineer, Zurb


  • Kick Off

    The team gets together and outline everything they want to get done.
  • Dream Burgers

    An icebreaker and team building excercise gets everyone ready for the day.
  • Brainstorming

    Everyone breaks into groups and begins coming up with ideas for the Family Giving Tree project.
  • Starting the Website

    The website begins the transformation from idea to code
  • Meeting our Print Design Deadline

    Getting everything designed and printed was a tough challenge but our team handled it well.
  • Bringing the Pieces Together

    Early in the morning everything appears to be coming together sucessfully.
  • Photo Session

    The photobooth keeps morale up in the early morning.
  • It’s Getting There

    As coding of the website continues, assets and copy are incorporated.
  • Wrap Up

    As Wired comes to an end, everyone is happy to see all the work produced.
  • Mission Complete

    Another succesfull year in the books.


What we accomplished

It’s amazing what a few coffee-fueled ZURBians & volunteers can get accomplished in just 24 hours! Watching our work take shape over such a short time was exhilarating!”

Caleb Winters
Designer, Zurb

Planting the seeds

Despite this being our fifth Wired, each event has its own set of unique challenges. This year was no different. Our print deadlines were very tight so that we could get all the materials back by the next morning. We had to have the brochures, invites and Thank You cards all in by 4 PM while we had to have the posters and stickers in by 5 PM. So we hit the ground running on the print materials, quickly brainstorming ideas among the various teams. What was amazing was that the content writing team and the visual design team both latched onto similar ideas independent of one another. In other words, we were both on the same page from the very start despite brainstorming in different areas of ZURB HQ.

Despite the tight print deadline, the web design team didn’t waste anytime, doing an audit of the old site and sketching out the lo-fi wireframes for the new site. Using Foundation 3, the team was able to whip up the scaffolding on the site, which got us quickly to doing the visual designs once we met our print deadline.

Want to be a part of Wired?

Volunteering means signing up for the full 24 hours, showing up on time, and committing to helping various team members out in a fluid schedule that will test your mettle throughout the day and night (and day again).

The people who have the most rewarding experiences are also the ones who contribute the most. Web, visual and print design skills are best. They are great at their craft, think quick on their feet, likable and motivated to help a non-profit and collaborate with ZURB.

    What we are looking for:

  • Hard Worker

    It takes a lot to go 24 hours straight.

  • Scrappy

    Be able to figure out how to do something

  • Team Player

    Be able to give helpful feedback


We love local businesses!

Anything you can send to our efforts would be awesome. We really like goodies — cupcakes and coffee — to keep our volunteers fueled or help with getting our print materials ... well, printed.

Let us know how you can help

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