I am honored to be able to write a review and share my story for Project Hawai'i. I truly believe this organization is a blessing to the community and to those lives they touch. Not only life changing for the homeless children they provide services to, but for the volunteers and their families.
I want to share my experience volunteering at the Christmas Party on O'ahu. It was truly amazing.
When my family showed up to the park we were over whelmed with how much was going to be provided to the children, from the games, activities, meals and the presents. Van load after van load appeared packed with items for the party. I looked around and wondered where all the help was going to come from, but not too many people showed up. This didn't seem to frazzle Magin at all. She just kept moving, assigning projects to people and working like a whirl wind. Here and there volunteers would come, and she would put them in a spot that needed help. There never seemed to be enough help, and I really doubted the completion or readiness of the party.
About 30 minutes early little children started showing up, homeless families and others from out of nowhere. This was also an experience in itself. Magin just quickly organized these impatient little bodies, telling them just hang on, she was almost ready for them. I looked around, questioning how she thought anything was "almost ready'.
Then like a flash, more like a miracle, everything was ready just as she had hoped. All the food was ready, the games set and the presents sorted.
I saw hundreds of children lining up, well not really "lining up" but more like crowding around all the activities and the games, the food and hoping for their gifts from Santa.
Well, at the end of this quick as a flash party, there were so many happy faces, full bellies and tired volunteers.
I wouldn't want to spend my holiday any other way!! Thank you so much for allowing our family the opportunity to provide happiness to so many children. There was no way to count how many children there were that day, but the directors stated that over 700 plates of food were served, and they had 481 children on the list. Well that would seem like enough, but over 50 children showed up unregistered. It was like magic, as this organization plans for everything. Truly a sight to see, She opened up the back of her shiny red car, like Santas sleigh and pulled out more gifts, some in the form of gift cards, some just marked "extra" and some needing to be wrapped. It was amazing to see that she does really have the heart and the magic that makes Christmas so wonderful for everyone.
I would recommend anyone who wants to experience the spirit of the holiday, to volunteer for one of Project Hawai'i, holiday programs.
I did notice that they do need more support, so you can be the difference that makes it even more special.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
provide Magin with the funds she needs to make the work not so hard on her. She does lack support from the community, that most nonprofits don't face. I believe if she had the money to run the program without having to fundraise all the time, it would be even more wonderful.
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