In August of 2020, 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.