I was talking to the Family Programs Hawaii lady at Yelp Helps and she mentioned that they are 1,000 toys short. That means that ONE THOUSAND foster kids might not have anything to open on Christmas morning. I was halfway through my gigantic pour of Kai vodka when she told me this so I started to cry like a tired two-year old. So, long story short, I am organizing a toy drive at my office and Emi said we can do an optional toy drive at The Great Cookie Swap on November 28.
If you are interested, FPH is looking for gifts for boys and girls ages 8-18. The gifts should be between $15-20 in value and should not be wrapped. I will have a collection box at the event and will coordinate delivery to FPH.
LOL, you're so silly-cute (re: crying like a 2-year-old). Mahalo nui loa for opening up your heart & taking initiative to do this. I was a foster kid myself, and being from an already poor 'ohana, these gifts we received from "the state" (don't know the source) brightened da lives of my brother & I for several X-mases. Where is your office located?
@ Karen: Not at all! They'd be perfect da younger keiki :) Like you mentioned, would be a nice source of security & comfort for dem. Being away from 'ohana wen you stay young is very traumatizing for choke of dem.
Thanks for getting so excited about this guys! I'm still playing phone tag with the FPH gal but hope to be able to pick up the collection box and some type of receipt book if you want to claim it for tax purposes. I'll see you guys Saturday!
Initial contact was by email. I sent her another email this afternoon. I picked up some cute sock monkeys at Sam's Club to donate. The best thing is the money from the sock monkeys goes towards St. Jude.