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December 5, 2009

I have been a long time supporter of Christmas Wish Program. I have both donated and volunteers for this amazing organization. Who would think that one person would have the time and heart it takes to change the world for hundreds and hundreds of homeless children. This lady dedicates her life and soul to the program and really runs it on her own. She involves volunteers for the "fun stuff" and makes sure we are all taken care of in that as well. She has everything ready for the children and the party or event, and we just come to lend a hand to make sure everything runs smooth. I have been involved in several organizations, and never seen anything like this one. Not just the dedication and care she has for the program, but the fact she works with such low donation amounts and still does more than anyone would ever believe unless you were there to experience it yourself. I gave a donation first just to fill a stocking. This $15. donation, I figured the children would get about half the value since most nonprofits use donations for overhead and other needs. But, instead the keiki get MORE than the donation value I gave. I helped Magin that year fill 350 stockings and they were more than one could ever imagine. So, from that day forward I have always made a faithful donation for Easter, Christmas and Back to School. I wish I had more to give, it would all go to Christmas Wish Program. Keep up the good works!!

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

voluteering and donating. I was overwhelmed with the amount of work that Magin does on her own. I could only help a small bit. I also donated money towards the supplies needed to fill stockings, Easter baskets and backpacks on an annual basis since 2002.

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

get her a office assistant.

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

seeing the happy faces at the events, and the photos with cards we get after the events are over. The keiki make thank you cards and Magin takes the time to mail them to everyone along with photos she takes at the events. I hang mine on my front window.

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

were hard working and caring people. Not enough, but the one's who come make a difference.

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

end homelessness in Hawai'i. I know that sounds big, but given the track record of how Magin uses the funds for the clients is unreal. She just seems to make everything work, even if there isn't enough funds.

Ways to make it better...

there were more donors for the supplies we needed. It is a shame that there isn't the support due to this organization.

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

lack of funds and appreciation for all that is provided to the clients.

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

I admire all that Magin does. I am greatful to be a part of this wonderful organization and hope to continue the good works.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 5, 2009

I really enjoyed volunteering for the My Xmas Wish Program last year. I plan to assist some more this year. This is a great organization that makes a huge difference in the lives of the homeless keiki and their families throughout the year and especially during the holidays.

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

knowing our hard work will help out the homeless keiki

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

alleviate a large majority of the homeless keiki issue

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 5, 2009

I've been working with Christmas Wish Program for a few years already, and everything is great. Magin is a really sweet and dedicated person that does amazing things for a lot of people. I praise the services Christmas Wish Program provide and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to participate. Keep up the great work!

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

Real involvement on the real problems of real people. Christmas Wish Program helps the most needed, and any small effort can change lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 4, 2009

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December 4, 2009

One day an elf came to our tent and asked if we had children because Santa was looking for the children on the beaches. I couldn't believe my eyes, on Christmas Eve a real life elf comes to our family with gifts. No questions, or judgement, just gifts from Santa. I don't know who doesn't believe in Santa, we never did. But now we believe. Without Christmas Wish Program our children would have had another empty Christmas, no food, no gifts, nothing. But now we have everything we could ever hope for. Thanks to that little elf who just smiles and thanks us for being there to provide for. Funny, but she thanked us.

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

getting gifts, food, and shampoo, etc. My family was blessed when I met Magin.

Ways to make it better...

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

nothing

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

just having them there for us.

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

just great.

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

oh my, she would change the world.

Ways to make it better...

we had a house

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

I don't know, she is so kind and helpful.

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

Thank you God, Thank you Santa and Thank you Magin for being there

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 4, 2009

Magin is awesome! She does this service from the goodness of her heart. It is refreshing to meet someone with such a kind heart, who truly cares without benefitting themselves these days. Thank you to people like her who help others in need. It takes a lot of planning and time to do all the projects she runs. AND she does it with a smile! She even provided the volunteers with snacks and drinks to show her appreciation for helping her HELP others! Amazing one-woman army!

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

how unselfish it is.

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

enthusiastic and helpful.

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

feed a lot more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 4, 2009

I am so glad to be part of this survey. I too have been helped by Magin and her volunteers for many years while our family was homeless. Without this organization we would not have healthy meals, or clothing, or even basic needs. Magin always would deliver to us no matter where we were. Sometimes we would have to move from beach park or to a parking lot. She never cared about how far to meet us, just to bring us food when we need, or to make sure we were okay and coming to the next event. She even gave us gas money so our children could attend the party in Hilo for the holidays. Without Christmas Wish Program our children would never experience fun at holidays, or an egg hunt, have photos with Santa, nothing like that. It is hard being a single mom, and even harder living in a van with 5 children. I am happy to be included in this survey. I hope that who ever reads this understands the importance of this program, and helps to support it, or whatever the contest is for, she deserves the prize. She would give us or other families any funds raised, but should be honored with any award. She is our angel sent to care for the homeless children of the islands. We can't live without her.

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

by being a homeless family having food and clothing delieverd to us when we need. I have also attended many holiday parties with my children. My children also receved their back to school supplies and went to summer camp. All free of charge and just when

Ways to make it better...

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

get her more help and money to help even more people

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

was being loved and supported, not judged or questioned. Not feeling bad about all the help we got.

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

all very nice

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

change the whole islands homeless future. All our children would have a place to live. You know Magin would give it all to benefit our families and make sure it was put to only the best uses.

Ways to make it better...

no way to be better

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

lack of support. volunteers, money, any kind support is still needed

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

Thank you so much Magin. We thank God for you everyday. See you at the holiday party with Santa.

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 4, 2009

I sent my two teenage daughters to volunteer under the supervision of Magan Patrick in Summer 2009. I was extremely pleased with the works they have experienced through the volunteer program. They were well protected and learned many life experience, and good values working with homeless children. The program also helped my older daughter Amanda to establish her career goal. For a while she wanted to be a doctor but was not sure what kind of doctor until after she finished this program. Now her heart is set to become a pediatrician so that she can help under previliged children. As a parent this is priceless.

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

The program helped my children to become better persons.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have more programs in different area of USA.

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

My children often sent me pictures of what they do. I was very fond of them.

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

I spoke with Magan over phone.

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

It would reach out millions of homeless children and teach millions of teen volunteers of life experience.

Ways to make it better...

Would be nice if we get some sort of achievement certification.

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

Paying for the cost.

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

I sincerely thank Magan for her dedication towards under previliged children, the Organization, and life time experiences to young volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 4, 2009

Aloha my name is Makaiwa Tong, and I am currently a junior at Kamehameha schools Hawaii Campus. I lead several homeroom classes to participate in the Operation Christmas Child Project as part of our service learning. It was most definitely a good experience not only for me, but for my fellow classmates. This project was a good way for some of them to understand that there are others who are less fortunate than them, and that although these kids we are reaching out to live thousands of miles away, they are still our brothers and sisters. And we were able to share our aloha spirit to them in a simple shoebox one child at a time. I will definitely participate in this project again next year, because I knowing that I can make a difference in the life of a child brings me great joy.

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

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

That everything was organized, and samaritans purse did a good job of informing me well

Ways to make it better...

Nothing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 4, 2009

I am a client who was and will be again this year helped by the Christmas Wish Program. I have a fairly large family and it is quite hard in these economic hard times to provide for the during the holidays. Magin Patrick by far has to be one of Gods angels here with us on earth. She has helped so many families. My family has had the opportunity to take part in many of Magin's yearly events such as her Halloween event that my kids just love. They get to create their own costumes and just have fun and not worry about mom and dad not having money to buy them costumes. They have more fun and take pride in their costumes they create. The Christmas party that Magin holds every year for the kids is just beautiful. The kids do arts and crafts, play games, eat dinner, take pictures with santa, and even get a present. My youngest child always asks me, after the Halloween event, "mom when are we going to have the Christmas party?" If it weren't for Magin Patrick and the Christmas Wish Program there are alot of families out there that would have nothing for the holidays which is the most stressful time of year for parents. Thank you Magin for all that you have done for my family. Much Love....Chential S.

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

2009 when we attended the Halloween event held by Magin Patrick and the Christmas Wish Program.

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

that the kids all have fun which is of the most importance.

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

all beautiful souls. They took time out of their lives to help the less fortunate and put smiles on so many faces.

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

put a big smile on Magin's face and ease her stress load. Also, they would be able to provide so much more for those in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 4, 2009

Hey Everyone, My name is Steve and I volunteered with Magin this past 2009 summer camp, providing sports and recreation to the kids and it was a blast. Magin worked very hard, veeerry hard, it is a blessing having someone like her that cares about people in your community. I look forward to working with Magin in the future, and invite others to participate in the program; it's really a good program!

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

Making a difference in peoples lives which usually get looked over or left out.

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

Caring and interested providing a safe and fun environment for the kids.

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

Provide shelter and food to those that really need it on the Big Island

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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