Jan Harada, president and CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii, along with Wendie Mcallaster, vice president joined spoke of the Adopt a Family program on Good Morning Hawaii.

Adopt A Family (AAF) is a seasonal program administered by Helping Hands Hawaii during the holidays and matches individuals and families experiencing hardships with donors in the community.

AAF participants may be living in poverty, battling illnesses, recovering from domestic violence, suffering from severe mental health challenges, enduring homelessness or living with other barriers that threaten their household's stability and success.

If you are interested in adopting a family, visit our website – HelpingHandsHawaii.org. Complete an AAF Donor Information Form and email it to AAF@helpinghandshawaii.org. The deadline for donor application is Dec. 5, 2018. Deadline to drop off gifts is Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. This allows Helping Hands distribute the gifts to families so they have presents to open on Christmas Day. Additionally, they have Wishing Trees in the community, such as at Koko Marina Center in Hawaii Kai and Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko Olina where you can select an ornament and purchase a single gift for someone in need. For additional location for the Wishing Tree. Monetary contributions can be made to the Good Neighbor Fund (GNF) in person, by mail, over the phone or online. Donations to the GNF assist our holiday effort and also provide housing stability through emergency financial assistance.

Q: Who are HHF Planners?
A: HHF Planners is a local planning and landscape architecture firm established 38 years ago. We are a small business with 30 employees in Honolulu.

Q: What motivate your group to adopt families every year?
A: We have a tight-knit staff here that feels invested in giving to Adopt-A-Family because of the very personal nature of the program, the individual wish lists and family stories. It's a meaningful way to begin the holiday season.

We feel fortunate to share with other families during the holidays and hopefully bring some joy to the children and make a small difference in our community.