I am a new donor and supporter of Project Hawaii. I had a wonderful experience working with the children at their summer educational program. What surprised me most was the fact that this organization does so much with so little. It is hard to believe that run 100% by public donations!
I visited the camp expecting it to be just fun and games for the children since I know they have little donations coming in. My contribution wasn't much either, but the fact this camp provides everything for these precious children is amazing.
I was so surprised to see all the meals are prepared from fresh and organic ingredients. It shocked me that everything was truly made by hand. These children enjoyed 3 homemade meals daily!!!
To see the eyes of these children light up as they participated in one activity to the next was more than my heart can handle. This camp was by far the most educational and guided camp I have ever seen.
Project Hawai'i will continue to have my support and I do hope this review will encourage others to take the step to give. Every little bit makes a difference. The photo shown is the thank you card I received. I will post it on my fridge as a daily reminder of the joy I was able to share with these children.
I LOVE this organization!!
I volunteered with them for many years while living in Hawaii. Magin and Cliff are the most selfless people I've ever met!
Keep up the GREAT WORK!
Magin, the founder of Project Hawaii, is one of the most giving, selfless people I have ever met. I have volunteered for 5 or 6 years now during the Christmas season to help the kids have the kind of Xmas all kids deserve. I have helped at the Xmas party for most of those years and if you could see the smiles on the faces of those precious children you would know how much good this organization does.
I was overwhelmed by the experience I had as a volunteer with Project Hawaii and their back to school event for the homeless children.
I volunteered to make a donation to help sponsor children and went on their outreach delivery to one of the encampments. When we arrived, children ran up to her car. Nothing I have ever experienced and hard to put into words. These children have no shoes on their feet, half dressed in filthy clothes, dirty faces and yet they are so happy and excited to see us pull up.
We called their names and handed them backpacks that were full of supplies, outfits and shoes. They also had a hygiene bag and a lunch sack.
The experience of watching the children get this backpacks truly is a life changing experience for me. I signed up to volunteer and donate, but what I got out of it is priceless.
I found this little organization online and thought I would be part of something to help on a small level. What I found out is that this organization is actually really big. They take on the needs and challenges of two islands and have no government or state help. Their staff consists of 2 people who volunteer and actually have jobs of their own. What's more impressive is the amount of children they provide for. I only visited one encampment, but they take on several different ones all across the islands.
Words can't express the feeling that one gets from being part of Project Hawaii. They truly make the difference they talk about.
What an impact my donations make for these precious children. I provide a $25. donation every month for Project Hawai'i, Inc., to use as the see fit to help the homeless. I follow on Facebook to see what a difference they make everyday. I know that I don't give much, but it seems to really change lives. Last week they were able to help a new found family with a tent, a camp stove, pots, emergency supplies, meal gift cards and of course giving that family hope! WOW, that was just one of the days that I know I was part of that difference. It is amazing the happiness these children receive from the dedicated volunteers who truly make a difference on this island.
Aloha to Cliff and Magin.
Mahalo for making Project Hawai'i, Inc., such a wonderful program for the homeless children on our islands. I have been a supporter for several years. Not only do I provide donations as needed, but participate in various activities to help raise the awareness and support the program. I have found after being involved with this organization, it is truly heart-led, and unmatched by any other I have been involved with. Keep up the good work. Congratulations on your successes with helping homeless children escape their cycle of poverty.
Project Hawaii has made my children become better human beings. Hunter and Grace are teen mentors for Project Hawaii. They have learned how important outreach is and why we must be selfless. They know it is the duty of private citizens to help the unsheltered children of Hawaii. Where the government fails, we must provide. Thank you Magin for being such a great role model for my children.
Mahalo Holly for sharing. Your children truly make the difference we at Project Hawai'i, Inc., need to help these homeless children succeed.
I have been on the islands for over 20 years. Every year our family makes the effort to sponsor a child during the holidays. We typically see people in front of a store, or a toy box in a company. It seemed easy and we thought we were making a difference. I am sure we were, but not on the same level that we did giving to Project Hawai'i, Inc. Christmas Wish Program. Not only were we able to sponsor a child, this child was homeless living in a tent. Our family took last year one step further and volunteered at the Christmas Party and met so many homeless children. While we might not have heard their stories, know anything about them, the smiles on their faces, the laughter that filled the room was more than enough to know that we finally found the place our heart will stay. We hope that others will take the opportunity to really see how they can make a difference.
We are forever grateful for the opportunity that Project Hawai'i has giving our family.
The wonderful people who run this volunteer based program are truly the blessings that these children need. It is unimaginable what these children face on a daily basis. I am just glad that Project Hawaii's dedicated directors are there to make the difference during the holidays.
Amazing people!!! Check them out for yourself.
While volunteering with Project Hawai'i over the holidays, I realized what a difference they truly make for the children living in extreme poverty. Some of us might think that a little gift, or a box of food doesn't really do anything to really make a difference. But from my experience it does. These children not only wait for Magin and Cliff to show up, they are so excited to just to see that they really do care for them. The children rely on these two people to bring them life needs, and LOVE. I couldn't believe my eyes to see the bond these two have with the children.
To be a part of this program, weather it be a donor or a volunteer, it does make a difference. This organization is not just a general drop off stuff organization. They are hands on, and they do take it personal. Treating these children and families as if they were their own, Cliff and Magin really do provide care beyond belief and I am happy to have made a difference with my donations and time.
Looking forward to continuing to know that I do make a difference on this island for these precious children living in poverty. Please support Project Hawai'i, Inc., any way you can.
Project Hawai'i has not only changed the lives of the children I donated to, but has changed my life in unexpected ways. I never expected to actually see the impact that might donation might make. As with everyone, you hope your donation is used as stated and truly makes a difference, but to actually have meet a child that was involved as a client served in a parking lot was amazing.
This little girl, a bunch of her siblings and her mom were standing in the parking lot next to the entrance of Walmart. Fumbling through their overstuffed backpack looking for something, and blocking the way of my cart. So, I kindly asked if they needed help finding something, as I could tell they were not going to be able to move.
The mom stated to me that she had lost her gift card that the little girl got for Christmas, and they had spent all their money on the bus to shop with these cards, but couldn't find the daughters one.
The little girl was crying and saying that her aunty was going to be mad because Santa gave her the card, and just went on and on. I was a donor of some of these cards. I donated 10 $10 Walmart Cards to help families in need through Project Hawai'i, Inc. So, I asked the mom what agency provided these cards. She replied that Santa gave them to the children in their stocking. Not being rude for their sake, I asked if that was with Project Hawai'i. The mother answered, yes, Magin delivers for Santa because he can't come into the bushes with his reindeer. I gave the mom another $10.00 for the daughter and proceeded to conduct my shopping.
As I was in the store, I really felt blessed to once again know that what I do makes a difference because I chose an agency who truly cares for these precious children. Of course I don't know if those were the gift cards I donated, but obviously the children are getting their blessings and their lives are enhanced, just as Project Hawai'i claims to do. Enhancing the lives of homeless keiki.
im just glad they are doing what they are!!!! also its easier for me to donate now via ebay thats how i found them so i hope more people do too its nice to be able to participate in some small way
Magin Patrick and her team of tireless, dedicated volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of homeless children in Hawaii Nei. By providing these hungry, poverty-stricken kids with Summer Camp, Back-to-School, Community Outreach & Support, and annual Thanksgiving & Christmas programs, they give these precious keiki the greatest gift of all which is HOPE for a better future.
Project Hawaii's dedication to the children in Hawaii is beyond excellent. Their continuing help and support for our children deserves the highest honor possible. They have help so many many children never being discouraged always looking ahead as to ways to help these precious keikis.
On a recent visit to Hawaii I ran accross Magin and her group outside of a store selling candy to make money to help feed the children in Hawaii. I knew of the Christmas Wish Program and have received literature for years, but to actually witness the dedication to what their mission is was inspiring. Magin's hard work and dedication is unbeleivable. The countless children she has fed and sheltered is truly a miracle in the works. We must continue to support such an important and necessary program.
Awesome program for the keiki of Hawaii. Magin and Cliff do an amazing job at making these homeless kids feel loved!
I have found their work to be grassroots and hands-on. I volunteered at an event years ago and since then have on occassion donated to this worthy cause. I trust my money is put to good use in Megin's hands as she is extremely passionate about her work.
I am a first time donor to this organization. One thing I really like is that it is run 100% by volunteers and that allows the donation to directly benefit the children's needs. I was able to see my donation hard, I mean hard at work over the summer. Although I got plenty of advertisement in return for my donation, that was not the main reason for my donation. I was able to attend a day at camp and watch the children in action, wearing the camp shirts that carried my name was also exciting. These children are very fortunate to have such a dedicated person as Magin to provide such a wonderful experience for them. I know without my donation, this would not all be possible. I am proud to be a donor and know my donation does make the difference in their precious lives.
As the commercial property manager for the Hilo Shopping Center, I have worked with Magin Patrick and the Christmas Wish program many times to promote their Easter and Christmas events in the Shopping Center. The organization has a tremendous amount of energy, commitment and integrity. This is demonstrated by their constant marketing and manning of booths, "giving trees" and more to attract the public and educate them concerning the homeless children and others that they suport. Every effort on the part of the public is rewarded with a handmade thank you note from the children that Christmas Wish supports; no small task and a lovely touch. I commend this program for their year 'round and round the clock devotion to the families and especially the children that it supports.
Redeeming Light International, Inc. has been a supporter of Christmas Wish Program for many years. They provide a service, an invaluable service, to our island's homeless children and their families. They have been able to bridge the economic and cultural differences that tend to separate us. And can they ever stretch a dollar! With more donations they could do so much more. It isn't just for Christmas. The reading classes for example are trying to provide a way out for the next generation.
This wonderful program helps the most needy among us and I wish I could do more to support the homeless children it serves. My first experience was volunteering to help with the annual Christmas party, and I was so impressed with the uplifting event and simple joy of the children that I have sent a few bucks in continued support almost every month. I also donated some craft actvities to the summer camp program, and will continue to help this worthwhile organization whenever I can. Mother Theresa said that if you can't feed a hundred, feed one. This program feeds a hundred hungry children at least one good meal a year, and fills their little hearts with hope and true spirit of Christmas.
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.