Giving gifts to those in need is of heightened awareness during the holiday season. As you begin to check your list and check it twice, remember to also give back to your community by supporting local charities. There are loads of opportunities to give during Christmas. Whether your donation is a little or a lot, it means the world. Hoping to spread some extra holiday cheer? Check out Charities Good to Give: The Top 5 Charities in Hawaii.
1 Gift Foundation
The Halloween gone wild party is also one of Oahu’s most successful charity events dedicated to supporting and empowering charitable groups in the local community. The GIFT (Giving Inspiration for Tomorrow) Foundation is a non-profit volunteer run organization operated by highly motivated, caring and involved young professionals in Hawaii. Each year, a beneficiary is selected to receive proceeds from the annual charity event. Last years event raised almost 200,000 proving that young professionals can indeed have a great time while lending to a good cause.
For more information visit www.thegiftfoundationofhawaii.org.
2 Toys for Tots
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the months of November and December and re-distribute presents as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. The primary mission of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas a message of hope to struggling or less fortunate youngsters. The Hawaii Toys for Tots program is partnered with the Salvation Army who deals with local non-profit agencies for the distribution of toys to the children. Drop off your Toys for Tots gifts to a variety of participating locations including island-wide T-Mobile stores, Toys R Us or Oceanic Time Warner Cable offices or from the leisure of your own laptop, donate cash, even vehicles online!
For more information visit www.toysfortots.org.
3 Hawaii Theater Gala
The annual black-tie gala is the main fundraiser for the historic Hawaii Theater in Downtown Honolulu. The beautiful Kahala Hotel and Resort is the typical location of choice for the elegant affair featuring fine food, great company and a silent auction. And, the gala supports ongoing theater education for Hawaii’s youth.
For more information visit www.hawaiitheater.com.
4 Lokahi Giving Project
The Lokahi Giving Project provides provides the supporting public with the opportunity to relieve the burdens of struggling individuals and families through donations of goods, cash equivalents, enriching experiences and advocacy programs. Partnering with Hawaii’s number one news station, KHON2 and Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers, Lokahi lends a helping hand to those less fortunate through The Lokahi Tree and Adopt-A-Family programs. Lokahi’s goal through generous charity, is to prevent problems from ever happening in the first place by wise investments in services, initiatives and programs that are sure to have the greatest preventative impact. And there are many ways to get involved. Donate online via credit card, opt to be billed monthly or fill out a pledge form
For more information visit www.lokahigivingproject.com.
5 Kokua Festival
The Kokua Festival is a major outdoor music concert as well as a mega fundraiser for Kokua Hawaii Foundation programs. Hosted by musician Jack Johnson, the Kokua Festival brings together environmental organizations, eco-friendly businesses, earth conscious musicians, artists and community leaders to support education about the environment in Hawaii. From start to finish and top to bottom, everything about the Kokua Festival is earth-friendly. Past performers at the annual fest have included Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, Ziggy Marley, and of course – Jack Johnson. All event proceeds benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.
For more information visit www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org