Together, We Reached for the Stars!
Despite the disruption to our everyday lives, in times like these, traditions are important to maintain a sense of normalcy. Thus, we are grateful to all of our supporters, who made it possible for Family Programs Hawaii to organize our 22nd Annual Holiday Party for Keiki and Families in Foster Care last Sunday. Once again, families experienced the joy of the holiday season, together with their ‘ohana.
This year’s event theme was “Reach for the Stars,” which also reflects our continued efforts in encouraging our children to never stop dreaming. There are so many possibilities that await our keiki, as well as numerous people in the community who support their effort and dreams. And the holiday party expressed this very hope – the hope for each and every keiki to dream and dream big.
On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, and the foster care community we serve, thank you for making a difference in so many lives.
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Keith A. Kuboyama, LCSW, MSW
President & CEO
Annual Number of Participants
Annual Number of Volunteers (*due to COVID-19, volunteers were limited)
Keiki In Attendance
See You in 2021 for the Annual Holiday Party!
Do You Want to Be Involved with the Holiday Party in 2021? Please contact us if you, your family, or your company wants to help make holiday magic for children and families involved in foster care.
Thank You for Helping Our Keiki & Families Reach for the Stars
Nine months ago, no one was certain about what kind of future lay ahead. Suddenly, we had to ask ourselves, “How can we provide that same ‘holiday celebration’ for our foster keiki this December while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?” Yet, despite some challenges, unforeseen obstacles, and even a few disbelievers, we can now take a step back and remember the smiling faces of our families who attended last Sunday’s event.
On behalf of our staff, Board of Directors, and the foster community that we serve, we would like to thank you for all of your support, allowing Family Programs Hawaii 22nd Annual Holiday Party for Keiki and Families in Foster Care to become a reality on December 6, 2020. Together, we reached for the stars and created a unique celebration for nearly 350 Oahu families. Even against the backdrop of COVID-19, we fulfilled our commitment to provide the island’s foster youth with the opportunity to enjoy the holidays.
While remaining in their cars, families drove through the fun lane and received gifts from our supporters. Volunteers and staff passed out, not just one, but TWO large food boxes to share later at home. But the gifts from Santa were the true culmination of the event. Each and every keiki received hand-wrapped gifts chosen especially for them. Families left the drive-thru with happy memories and hope for tomorrow.
And it’s not too late. You can still help make it possible to continue to provide the programs and services that will enable Hawaii’s foster children to experience the true meaning of ‘ohana. Your gift will still create a joyful experience despite our current situation. And your contribution will still bring that star even closer within a child’s reach.
Help Us Provide Services
Children are Hawaii’s most valuable resource. They are our future. Family Programs Hawaii is a unique non-profit agency remaining true to its origins of providing quality care to the families and children of Hawaii. Our goal is that every child in Hawaii has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. We are dedicated to strengthening children and families who are at risk or involved in the child welfare system through high quality prevention, support, and transition services. Family Programs Hawaii provides services to prevent children from entering foster care; supports children and families already involved in the foster care system; and assists youth transitioning out of foster care.
Continue to Help Our Keiki in Foster Care Now and Throughout the Year!
Alana Alissa Yoshiko Anderson
Director of Development, Co-Chair of 22nd Annual Holiday Party
Co-Chair of 22nd Annual Holiday Party
Our Generous Title Sponsors
Family Programs Hawaii would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the following titled sponsors.
Mahalo Nui Loa to Our Sponsors
The following sponsors make it possible to grab hold of that star!
With Sincerest Thanks to Our Food Box Sponsors
With your support, no family leaves empty-handed!
Our Partnering Organizations Help Us Shine Brightly
Hawaii’s local communities are better served through your support!