“Our annual Keiki Kalikimaka Toy Drive has been extremely successful over the past seven years, thanks to the generosity of our residents and guests of Wailea Resort,” said WCA General Manager Bud Pikrone. “We are very proud to announce that in our eighth year, we once again will be partnering with the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui (FOCJC), expanding the reach of our annual toy drive to the growing number of Maui’s children and families in need.”
The association will collect new, unwrapped toys through Thursday, Dec. 23, at the Wailea Fire Station and in bright red, brick chimney “toy drop-boxes” located throughout the Wailea Resort.
“Toys collected at these locations will be gathered by our volunteer elves and distributed to over 25 different human services agencies in Maui County,” said FOCJC Executive Director Randy Echito.
FOCJC (a private, nonprofit organization supporting the Children’s Justice Center of Maui) receives requests from many agencies year-round, providing 1,500 children with Christmas gifts last year. Recipients include a growing number of organizations, including Maui Family Support Services, Child and Family Services, Women Helping Women Maui, Child Welfare Services, Malama Family Recovery.
In addition to the public drop-box locations, Wailea Resort hotels, condominium and homeowners’ associations will also collect toys.
“While we are always very happy to get any gift that someone wants to give, the following age groups tend to be the ones that are often overlooked,” said Rosalyn Caltrider, chairperson of the FCJC holiday drive.
Caltrider suggests that gifts for 1- to 2-year-olds include developmental toys, such as blocks, pull-toys and books. Seven and 8-year-olds like board games and books as well as construction toys, such as Legos, and macramé- or jewelry-making sets.
Nine- to 12-year-olds enjoy sports equipment, watches, jewelry (no earrings) and small purses. Kids in this age group also like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and Percy Jackson series books.
Gift cards ($20 or less) are the gift most favored by teenagers.
“Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as this will allow us to purchase educational toys in addition to those collected in our drop boxes,” added Pikrone. “This is a time to come together as a community to share aloha, and provide Maui’s Keiki a smile on Christmas morning.”