“I was reminded of this event while I was using the coffee cup my son bought from the Lions seven or eight years ago,” said Bill. “‘I bought you that cup,’” my boy said with a big smile. It made him feel so good to buy me a gift with his own money.”
This memory prompted Bill to reach out to see if any organization on Maui would be willing to embrace this concept and take on the challenge of creating something new and exciting for those who are homeless for the holidays—the residents of the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Resource Center, the shelter where he works.
“The kids could experience that same great feeling watching their parents open gifts,” he said.
But since the families are homeless or in transition, gift giving is limited to what is provided through donations from the community.
Bill’s Christmas Store concept was brought to Baldwin High School (BHS) Theatre Guild Advisor Linda Carnevale, who felt this was a perfect fit for her students who were looking for a community service project.
The students will conduct several gift drives through Tuesday, Dec. 14. They will display these donated items in the center’s Christmas Store for the children to choose from and then help them wrap and label the gifts.
Imagine their joy when they present these special presents on Christmas morning!
The public is welcome to donate gifts because these kids are depending on us.
Suggested ideas for men include grooming products, hand tools, fishing gear, backpacks, flashlights, coffee mugs, games and sports caps. Gifts for women include makeup, fashion jewelry, pajamas, purses, beauty and bath products, picture frames, hair accessories and manicure kits.
If you can help make this Christmas Store a true Christmas story by donating money, gift items and even wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, call BHS Parent Liaison Margo Madriaga at 870-5408 or Bill at 264-4921 for information about drop-off locations, or to arrange for a pick up. Monetary donations should be made payable to Ka Hale A Ke Ola (check memo: “Christmas Store”).