This charitable organization ~ Project Hawaii (formerly Christmas Wish) is our favorite, as 100% of all donations actually go to the homeless and abused Keiki/Children and their families. Mostly their families are Moms and Siblings who have fled abusive homes to make new beginnings. They 'live' wherever they can - in cars, on the ground, under makeshift tarps, in tents (usually donated), under bridges, etc. Sadly, many young boys on Oahu live in the sewers on their own. If you can help a little, your kindness will be deeply and genuinely appreciated!
(Magin began Christmas Wish Program in California, when she lived there...then created it anew when she moved to Hawaii in 2002. Her story and dedication is so inspiring, as are the ones of the Keiki whose lives she and her precious volunteers touch year-round. To better reflect its missions, the name was changed to Project Hawaii several years ago.)
Here is their latest newsletter from Founder/Executive Director, Magin Patrick:Aloha Everyone!!
Hope your holiday season is off to a great start. With only weeks to go, our elves are very busy gearing up to provide a wonderful holiday experience for the children on both the Big Island and O'ahu. Project Hawai'i, Inc. is a nonprofit organization run 100% by volunteers (and holiday elves), and solely supported by public donations like yours (we wish we were supported by Santa...). There are several ways to help make a wonderful holiday season for these precious poverty stricken keiki.
Imagine awaking the morning of Christmas by the sun peeking through your puka filled tent, kissing your cheek with the morning disappointment that there really isn't a Santa, not because you don't have a tree or a holiday meal, but there really isn't a Santa, no gifts, no explanation, just nothing. This is the reality for these children that are not fortunate enough to have been found by us (Project Hawai'i & YOU)!! When I first moved here in 2002, I was so torn about moving here to provide a better environment for my own children away from the ever growing criminal activity of the bay area, and not being able to help homeless children anymore. Because how can such a rich state with a close community have poverty and homelessness? Well, thank goodness for me...there are homeless children!! I know that sounds strange, but when you are put on earth to help homeless children, it is a crisis of the heart not to be able to do so. Well, not only do we have a huge crisis here in Hawai'i, but we are actually ranked NUMBER 1 in the nation for homeless children per capita....so here is your chance to truly make a difference in the world around you, right here on our islands. Help make at least one day joyful for them, allow them to believe in something that this country has taught them to look forward to every year...CHRISTMAS!! The season of joy!
Aloha Big Island-- As you know we are island-wide helping those children who live in extreme poverty across the island and provide them with a wonderful holiday party in Hilo. This year is truly changing, especially on the West side. Our Kona Side "Head Elf" is moving to the mainland so is retiring her position after this season. BUT....she really needs help this year because the private school has closed that in the past sponsored over 70 keiki and provided monetary support towards our holiday party!!! This is a HUGE impact on us, so please help us make up this difference...
URGENT kokua is needed NOW!!
I am very optimistic that we can do this...we just need ALL OF YOU to provide what you can.
If you would like to pick up a keiki wish tag in KONA please visit Trudy's Island Arts in the International Market Place...she has plenty!! (Drop off accepted there as well until Dec. 20th)
HILO & outside of Kona, please email for a wish list tag, and drop off will be at the party on the December 23.
What does our party provide for these poverty stricken children? Our party provides them with a true wonderland away from their problems-- full of games with prizes (which include hygiene, arts, school supplies, shoes, and more), crafts for them to make to share with loved ones, a holiday meal with their family, and of course, SANTA arrives for photos and to provide each child with a special holiday gift. We TRULY NEED to raise money for this party; here is how you can help: We will have a full house once again-- 350 keiki and one parent per family so over 400 people total.
$7.00 provides a holiday meal for a child
$15.00 to fill their stocking at the party (we purchase it in bulk, and they play the game to fill their stocking after decorating their own)
$20.00 provides their holiday wish from Santa
$20.00 provides a new outfit/shoes
And our larger needs:
$125 provides a side dish for all the keiki
$250.00 provides a main dish item
Big Island, please mail your donations to P.O. Box 1844, Kea'au, HI 96749 by Dec. 23rd. Mahalo again
For information to volunteer at the party, please visit our website:
Aloha Oahu! This year while conducting our Thanksgiving outreach we actually found even more children-- 15 families worth, 63 keiki. Yes, I know too many children for this number of families so Santa needs help filling his sleigh to make sure these precious children do not go without a Christmas. We are providing holiday support for those living along the Wai'anae coastline including Nanakuli, Mai'ili and "Kea'aus." We will also provide the 76 homeless keiki living in Kaka'ako Park. So, from last year's 600+, we are looking at about the same numbers this year.
WE have less than TWO WEEKS LEFT, Oahu, and then I fly to the Big Island.
If you would like to sponsor a child, please email me for the details. PROJECTHAWAIIIINC@YAHOO.COMMonetary donations are, of course, always accepted! Due to post office problems on Oahu, please send to P.O. Box 1844, Kea'au, HI 96749. Your donation will be kept on O'ahu. Of course, online donations are also welcome. http://www.projecthawaii.net/apps/donations/ Mahalo again!!
We have the following upcoming fundraising events that we need volunteers for 3 hours at the following locations (these are also DROP OFF LOCATIONS):
Pearl City First Hawaiian Bank, 10:30-1:30 Saturdays Dec. 6 & 13
Kane'ohe First Hawaiian Bank in the Windward City Shopping Center, 11:00-2:00 Sundays Dec. 7 & 14th the LAST DAYY!!
If you wish to sponsor a keiki, and cannot meet during those times, we do have DROP OFF LOCATIONS listed below. Deadline is Friday, December 12th!!
Aloha Salads - Island Wide 5 locations to serve you
Plantation Tavern in Kapolei - (Safeway Shopping center near HO HO Chinese) open from 12noon to midnight, closed Mondays.
Please visit our website for more details or information:
Project Hawai'i, Inc. Enhancing the Lives of Homeless Keiki
We are now on Facebook, have a Facebook group for volunteers, and now instagram.
Please share with your 'ohana and make this a holiday to remember for all these children...
Mahalo Nui Loa & Mele Kalikimaka,
Magin Patrick & Cliff Kama, Directors
Project Hawai'i, Inc.
Big Island & Oahu: P.O. Box 1844 * Kea'au, HI 96749-1844
Summer Camp Site: http://www.ProjectHawaii.org
(808) 987-6018 (we accept text messaging as well)
Directors Cliff & Magin with some precious Keiki
Member Since: Aug 2012
Last activity: 1/16/18, 8:59 am