Thank you for taking time to read about one of our all-time favorite Non-Profit groups, Project Hawaii (formerly Christmas Wish). We have been honored to be working with the Founder/CEO, Magin Patrick for over a decade, finding her and her worthy organization on another long-time favorite site: VolunteerMatch.org.
She and her family and volunteers are so driven to help the Abused, Abandoned and Homeless Keiki and their families, with 100% of all donations going to the many projects and programs she has developed to help bring them out of poverty and sustain them on that journey. Above is one of the many delightful thank you notes that we have received from these deeply appreciative children and their mentor. It is posted on our Pinterest Board Worthy Charities - all of whom have benefitted from our sales here and elsewhere --- thank YOU!
Below is Magin's most recent Newsletter. Please be sure to read the heart-warming success story about one saucy child that she met one Christmas Eve. Thank you!
Neill, Carolyn & Bootsie
Thank you to all those who keep Project Hawai'i, Inc going strong providing these precious homeless children with their life needs, helping them to escape their cycle of poverty. Since Project Hawai'i, Inc. is solely supported by the public donations we receive, YOU all truly make the difference in their lives throughout the year.
Please Note: Our annual review for nomination with Great Nonprofits is ending on October 31st. Please place your testimony by the end of the month to help us keep our top rated nonprofit status. (Anything below a 4 star truly hurts our efforts, so you may give your comments honestly, but please no ratings below 4 stars...MAHALO) http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/project-hawaii-inc-1
It seems the holidays have once again come so quickly this year, and with all the weather upsets, we too have fallen behind with some of our efforts to prepare ahead of time.
I just want to share a little story about the difference that Christmas truly makes in their tiny little poverty stricken world. While it might be hard to imagine that over 23,000 children on the islands of Hawai'i live 300% or more below the poverty level in substandard housing situations, such as tents, cars, make shift tarp homes, etc...that is the fact that cannot be denied. These children face daily challenges that for the most part you will never have to face. Wondering where their next meal might be coming from, sleeping in the dirt, and never knowing what it means to be secure and safe in their own communities. Yes, Project Hawai'i cares for these children on a monthly basis and provides food, clothing, hygiene, etc. It is the "normal" life expediencies that truly change their heart and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Many of you might know about this little Christmas story, so with that, I want to provide the overview and the impact that came years later.
One Christmas Eve just before midnight our Christmas elf stumbled across an old abandoned van with a toddler sleeping in a child seat. As our elf got out of Santa's Sleigh, calling out "is anyone here", a little girl popped her head out from behind a lava rock wall...."I am here, what do you want?" she answered. Our little elf wanted to know what she wanted for Christmas because Santa didn't know they were living here. She answered back with such disdain, "there is no Santa," hand on her hip and stomping her foot. Our elf asked for the mom and proceeded to continue the efforts of providing holiday cheer to all the homeless children on the islands. Mom asked with confusion, why we would do this, and if ALL her children would get gifts, since she had 9. Yes, 9 living in an old abandon trailer on the waters edge. The little girl once again popped her comments in bold and loud, stating that Santa doesn't exist and has never come to her family, so he isn't real!!! Protecting her siblings from any further hurt and disappointment, she just wanted us gone. Well, Santa was not going anywhere. This little feisty girl started filling the list for her siblings' wishes, some are impossible being Christmas Eve and all. With the spirit of Christmas, our elves went shopping, clearing the shelves of leftovers and hoping for the miracle of Christmas to come through for this wonderful little girl. Well, of course, Christmas happened and the rare overpriced singing RED CareBear was on the shelf just waiting for HER there!!! Upon delivery this little girl grabbed the huge bags out of our hands, started going through the wrapped gifts and finally found hers...ripping open the package to find her impossible gift, she shouted to all her siblings....Santa is REAL, I told you he was!!!
So, what impact does that have on this child? Until now, I never truly knew. I have seen many successes come from the hope and support we provide. Just taking for granted that our services will change lives, hoping to touch the right spot in their hearts to continue their fight for a better tomorrow. Well, this little girl is the first in her family to finish high school...that would be enough to start the process, but no, she actually went to and finished a 4 year degree in social work and now works with DHS. At the age of 20, she was able to change her entire destiny and live a "regular" life!!! I won't want to say it was because of this faithful night, but she insists that if we hadn't gave her the belief in some thing other than what she was facing, she would be just like her mom and grandma before her. This is only an example of the success that YOUR DEDICATION AND DONATIONS bring to these children who don't really have the hope and belief in their hearts. The success stories are endless, and unfortunately it seems so are the homeless children replacing those who escape this terrifying cycle of poverty.
Please take a few minutes to decide how you can help to make another successful holiday for a child. Yes, we have thousands on our list for the holidays, but one at a time with your help we can make all their holiday wishes come true.
HOLIDAY SUPPORT HELP OPPORTUNITIES:
Please email us for more detail and how you would like to move forward to help make this year a success for our homeless keiki on either Big Island or O'ahu.
Start a Wish List Drive to sponsor a child's wish and needs list (email for the number of keiki you wish to sponsor)
Start a Fundraiser to help provide for the holiday party needs, and other holiday support that we do not get donated
Volunteer at one of our upcoming events, collection drives, etc
Spread the word about Project Hawai'i, Inc on social media, etc...get more people involved and make a difference
Check our volunteer opportunities or our calendar on our site for all this years upcoming events.
Help Homeless Keiki - Project Hawai'i, Inc.
Again and as always, Mahalo Nui Loa for your time and support of our homeless keiki,
Magin and Cliff
Project Hawai'i, Inc.
O'ahu Address: P.O. Box 140, Wai'anae, HI 96792
Big Island Address: P.O. Box 1844, Kea'au, HI 96749