The Honolulu Museum of Art is closing its Spalding House on December 15. The museum's board of trustees agreed to put the Makiki Heights property up for sale in July so it can focus on its main campus on South Beretania Street. The property listing went up in late November.

Chief Communications Officer Kevin H. Imanaka confirmed one of the last public events at Spalding House will be next Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's part of the museum's Family Sunday presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation series. In the December event, Honolulu Museum of Art will partner with the Institute of Human Services (IHS) to collect new clothing, household items and toys for families in need during the holidays.

New items received will go to IHS’ free holiday store, which allows adults in the program to choose a gift to give to a friend or child, and for children to select a special gift for their parents or other family members. “Holidays are sometimes tough for folks who don’t have much discretionary income to participate in the season of giving,” said IHS Executive Director Connie Mitchell. “Our Holiday Store is free to our shelter guests to allow both parents and children to select a gift for each other so that everyone can experience the joy of giving.”

Donation tables run by IHS will be stationed in the front of the museum so visitors may drop off items before entering; click here for a list of requested items.

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