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How to Help Local Keiki Have a Mele Kalikimaka

Tis the Season to reflect on our blessings and help others however we may. Giving should not be relegated to the year-end holidays, but traditionally donations and volunteering increase during this time, so Big Island Pulse would like to help those who can give, find those charities and programs that align with their values and beliefs. Last year we focused on animal-related charities; this year we focus on our keiki.

Hawaii Island has a number of charitable organizations and programs that help local children throughout the year, including the Boys & Girls program, YWCA/YMCA (which sells Christmas trees each year to raise money for programming), the Salvation Army, Manuahi Community Outreach/New Beginnings Church/Ali’is of Hawaii MC (who are having an event to collect food cards and toys on December 17 at noon at 64-1067 Mamalahoa Hwy, across from Waimea Police Station), and more. All of these organizations benefit from financial donations to help run programs and provide goods and services to those in need. While all of these organizations deserve our support, this year we will highlight the Christmas Wish program from Project Hawaii, Inc.

Project Hawaii, Inc. provides services to over 1,600 individual homeless children annually between the islands of O’ahu, Maui, and Big Island. Throughout the year they offer educational camps, school support, educational training, and holiday events to work to provide a sense of stability for homeless children and families. During the holiday season, they offer several ways to support children and their families through their Secret Santa, Feed a Family, Fill a Stocking, and Sponsor a Teen options. They also offer company sponsorship options if your business is looking for a worthwhile organization to support this year.

Fabulous volunteer elf Natasha Patrick

To make donations of gifts and hygenic items, please be sure to contact the organization before this coming Thursday, December 15, 2022. Cash donations may be made through December 23, 2022. You may reach them at: www.HelptheHomelessKeiki.org and selecting the “Donate” button on the drop down menu, or by mailing checks to: Project Hawaii, Inc., PO Box 1844, Keaau, HI 96749-1844, or by calling 808-987-6018.

Help make this Christmas/Holiday Season special for a local Big Island child experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

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