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December 2, 2009

Aloha Magin, This is Kalilani. I am one of your families and want to say thank you. I hope you get everything you need to help even more families. I am happy to right a review. Without your agency, our family would not have had basic life supplies, or even holidays. My children never even believed in Santa until they met you. I am glad you are here to help all the families you do. You make our children happy and feel cared for. Even if you weren't able to help us as much as you do, we would still all love you. Christmas Wish Program has given our family food, clothing, shampoos and stuff. We also got household items and bedding. Our children were able to attend the Christmas party, and Easter. Christmas Wish gave us all our school supplies. I am greatful for everything we have gotten from Magin and her volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting the services our children needed. Being blessed with food and clothes. we are happy to have Magin in our lives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them what they need to help more families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

going to the parties with my children. watching them smile and knnowing I can provide them with this party because of Magin.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very helpful and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change more lives and we would all have a place to live. Magin would take such good care of us if she had the money.

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't homeless.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

too many homeless children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so happy to have Christmas Wish Program in our lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 2, 2009

My experience with Christmas Wish Program was wonderful. Having to drive 3 hours to attend the back to school graduation party was more than worth it. I only wish I could have been more helpful. I was able to help the children choose their back to school outfits and shoes. The program was overwhelming with all the responsiblity and opportunities that are given to the children. We were able to give over 100 children new backpacks filled with supplies, new outfits and shoes. Plus they were served a hot lunch and given a big bag of snacks for school time, and hygiene boxes. The event was more than I could ever imagine. There were 5 stations that the children had to go to in order to pick up all their supplies. Not enough volunteers to help, so the process took a long time. It was kind of frustrating, but at the same time I knew it had to be done. I wish that more people would be more informed and open to helping this program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to give out supplies for back to school. Helping children choose their outfits and find shoes to fit every child.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help to recruit volunteers and find a way to organize the director better.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing all the happy faces on the children. Knowing that they will go back to school prepared and ready for their first day back.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

over worked, tired and kind of lost. They were nice, but it is overwhelming to help so many children with lack of support.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world as we know it. I could only hope that some day this organization does receive the funds it deserves.

Ways to make it better...

I had more help from other volunteers. It is amazing how many people sign up to help and then don't show up.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of support.

One thing I'd also say is that...

although it is a hard job and overwhelming, it is a wonderful agency. Really makes a difference in hundreds of lives throughout the year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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As a longtime donor I am honored to be part of this review panel. I hope that this helps Christmas Wish Program receive all the awards it deserves for the services provided by the volunteers. One day as I was standing in line at the bank I overheard this little elf talking about going to the beaches to hand out personal hygiene products and lunch to the homeless children. I asked the woman when she was going, and how I could help. She informed me that there was a fundraiser that day, and I could be a part of that, and the following day she was delivering to the beaches. I just wanted to make a donation and see where my money was going. I wasn't one to volunteer as I am busy and don't have time to invest in that. However, she wouldn't let me just go with her. She stated that she is very picky about who she introduces to the children for their own safety and protection. At first I didn't understand was put off. But I then said, what if I go with you to do the shopping and help pay for some of the items. She agreed. I was kind of suspicious and wanted to see what it was about. I had never heard of anyone not wanting to just let people come to help. That afternoon after the fundraiser she took me shopping, told me to grab a cart and she did the same. About two and half hours later we were done filling the carts. She had spent over $1,500.00 on supplies, I was shocked. We spent about 6 hours wrapping all the items and filling stockings in a small hotel room. Well we had to use the hallways too, but it was amazing that this little elf was so dedicated. The next morning we headed out to the beaches, and one tent at a time she handed out the stockings to the families. Signing them up for the holiday delieveries and taking children's names and ages for Santa. Although I didn't go any further than that one time volunteer experience, I do donate on an annual basis. It makes me feel good knowing that my donations goes directly to the children's needs, and not someone's paycheck. It makes me feel that I can make a difference with my donation and the children won't go to bed hungry, or without supplies they need to be a bit more comfortable in their poverty stricken environment. I give every year, and encourage others to do the same. Thank you for inviting me to be part of this survey.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both donations and volunteering. My primary work is through annual contributions to help make a difference in the day to day lives of homeless children. I have personally seen the inside and outside of the program, where my donations go, and its impact

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give more money more often.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowning that 100% of my donations go directly to services. Meeting the children was also unforgettable.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

full of love and dedication to the children and their needs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Well, Magin could change the homelessness crisis on all the islands. That kind of money would be put to amazing work with her hands and dedication.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds, dedicated volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I could volunteer more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 2, 2009

Hi Magin. Thank you for inviting me to write a review for you. I know this is suppose to be about Christmas Wish Program, but you are that. Without you, there is no program. So, I want to thank you for all you have done for my family. I was homeless and hopeless for 2 years before I found your agency. Now I am on my feet living in an apartment and going to school. My children are doing well and we would not have been able to do any of this without you. I am going to be successful in taking care of my children and know that you are a big part of our lives. Here is my story. I was 20 years old and alone with 2 girls living in a tent. When you found us, we were not sure what to think, but you kept coming back to us with food and clothes, blankets and stuff for the children. After I learned to trust you, our lives really changed. Without the support you gave and the love you shared with my children we would not be here today living in this new apartment of ours. Magin was even good enough to give us furnature for our new place. Helping to keep us here, and even paid our electric bills twice. She fills our food shelves once a month with two huge boxes of food, and helps when we need that extra support. Without her we would be homeless again. Thank you to all the volutneers and Magin at Christmas Wish Program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting donations of food, clothing, blankets, help with our new home needs, support, anything we need. she is always there.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the parties for my children were great. I am also greatful for the support she gave after we weren't homeless. she still stuck by our sides and made sure we were ok, and going to make it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

full of joy and love for the children. never judged us or made us feel shame.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make all the difference to all the families who are still homeless.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 2, 2009

I am a client of Christmas Wish Program, Inc. My experience is probably not unique but I want to share my story. I am a single mom of 3 children and we live in a car in the parking lot near the boat ramps. I was given the number to a lady who could help me, so I called. I told Magin that I had all my children in the car with no blankets, food or clothing. Within one hour she was at our car with a box of food, clothing for all the children in nice bags and sleeping bags and pillows for the children. It was so wonderful. She even brought board games and other toys for the children. Then after giving us all a hug she drove off. It was like a mirical for our family. We had nothing and when she left I couldn't even fit everything in the car, the girls had to hold stuff on their laps. If I were to say my experience was less then wonderful, it would be a lie. I couldn't get help from my church, or friends or anyone the way this stranger gave to me and my children. She never even asked us questions about why we were homeless, never judged us, or questioned our intent. She just gave from her heart and thanked us for calling her. Christmas Wish Program services changed our lives and helped us throughout the year to feel normal again, to exprience the holidays with cheer, and go back to school prepared. Thank God for her and Christmas Wish Program volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact we were homeless and she gave us what ever we needed, no questions asked. She gave us love and understanding.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact she is always there when I need her. She always makes sure all the details are done and the children are cared for.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so nice and caring, especially when it came to my children

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

she would change the world. Her heart is so big, and her mind is so smart, she would change the world for all of us on the islands.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 2, 2009

WOW! where to begin...it is hard to pick just one experience. What can you say when you first meet with the director. At first she seems overwhelmed and maybe not organized, but then when you realize all she does, it is a bit much for one person. They you work on the project at hand, thinking, is this really going to work out? There is so much to do and not enough hands. Then you realize Magin doesn't work in the same world as the rest of us, she works in the world of magic, where everything comes together, and everyone is cared for. This is how I can explain my experience with Christmas Wish Program, Inc.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a way that is too wonderful for words. I have seen homeless children grow throughout the years and gain the self-esteem needed to change their future. I have seen teen moms go back to school and get jobs to raise their children properly. Just to say a few

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the children, seeing the differences over the years.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

both good and not so good. I wish that people who volunteered were there for the children and not focused on themselves so much.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world as we know it. Magin is dynamic and really focuses on change. She is amazing with the little money she does collect, just imagine what she could do with more....just imagine.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Really make a difference in the lives of homeless children. We typically run monthly fundraisers that last 3 hours. Or volunteers can conduct their own fundraisers. Those who are able can donated their time and run an activity at the camp for the children, or help with assembling craft projects.We need help packing for camp, holiday meals, deliveries, hygiene bags and more.3 hours can make a world of difference in the lives of homeless children Volunteer