Adopt-A-Family: How donations are collected for families in need
Not a sleigh but carts filled with gifts...
Not elves but staff and volunteers checking wish lists and organizing packages...
And not Santa, but members of the community dropping off presents for Helping Hands Hawaii's annual holiday giving program.
Among the donors dropping off gifts at the Helping Hands warehouse, women from the Honolulu chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. The group has adopted a family for the past five years.
This year they chose a family reuniting for the first time for Christmas since the mother was release from prison and a rehabilitation facility.
"They just want what every other family in America, you know, takes for granted a lot of times just basic necessities, and so that really appeal to us so we wanted to make sure that we were able to provide that family with those items," Nicole Mealing said.
"I think the biggest benefit is service, in my opinion, being able to help the less fortunate and volunteering and stuff like that," Katrice Best said.
"It's great to see people you know, willing to lend a helping hand and give back to the community," said James Li of Helping Hands Hawaii, who is grateful for the amount of support they receive each year.
"Folks that are in challenging circumstances during the holidays, especially their challenges are magnified during the gift giving season where you see everybody giving gifts and sharing presents. It's tough when you can't afford to do the same for your own children. So that's why it's so important for us to uplift people's spirits during the holidays and keep them going throughout the year," Li said.
Last month, we brought you three stories of families who could use some holiday cheer and a helping hand. KITV-4 and Helping Hands Hawaii would like to thank you for supporting Adopt a Family. All three of the families we featured have been adopted. You can watch their stories at KITV.com/Adopt-A-Family.
You can still help families in need. Make a check payable to “Helping Hands Hawaii” to 2100 N. Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96819, or donate online at helpinghandshawaii.org by clicking the Donate Now button. The email address is email@example.com.