On Monday, KITV will kick off our annual Adopt-A-Family project. Each night, on our 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts, we'll be featuring a Hawaii family in need. And the need this year is greater than ever.
The Helping Hands Hawai'i-Adopt-A-Family warehouse in Kalihi may look filled, but it's not.
The agency is constantly tending to the needs of Hawaii families who have hit a rough spot. Donations are always needed.
Basic household items like appliances, furniture, chairs, tables, bedding, and mattresses are needed.
During the holidays, KITV partners with Helping Hands Hawai'i to profile families in need. The donations you provide go above and beyond helping many families. This year, CEO Jan Harada says more are asking for help.
"It really has increased this year over 20 percent," said Harada. "Last year, we helped 450 families get adopted. This year. It's over 550, so it's a significant increase.
Why the increase?
"I think the economic downturn that started in 2008 has lasted a lot longer so even families who may have been preparing for some downturn weren't prepared for years. Five years of a downturn," said Harada.
Add to that less agencies and resources out there for families to turn to. So, we turn to you.
Watch our stories on the air and online and adopt a family.
They might need a big item; perhaps just a small item. To give them a brief bright moment amidst their struggles, especially during this time of the year.
"Holidays really magnify those challenges. We always tell people it makes kids notice more and so it just helps to lift the spirits and inspire them for the new year," said Harada.