The Wailea Community Association is taking the reins early this year to provide Santa with some much-needed kokua to bring smiles to the faces of Maui's many keiki and families this holiday season.
"Our annual Keiki Kalikimaka Toy Drive has been extremely successful over the past eight years, thanks to the generosity of our residents and guests of Wailea Resort," said Bud Pikrone, general manager of the Wailea Community Association. "We are very proud to announce that in our ninth year, we once again will be partnering with the Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui, expanding the reach of our annual toy drive to the growing number of Maui's children and families in need."
The association will collect unwrapped toys through Friday, Dec. 23, at the Wailea Fire Station and various locations throughout the resort, where you will find bright red brick chimney "toy drop boxes."
The Wailea Community Association will collect unwrapped toys through Friday, Dec. 23, at the Wailea Fire Station and various locations throughout Wailea Resort, where you will find bright red brick chimney “toy drop boxes.”
"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. Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui, a private, nonprofit organization supporting the Children's Justice Center of Maui (FOCJC), receive requests from many agencies year-round. Last year the organization provided 1,500 children with Christmas gifts. Recipients include Maui Family Support Services, Child and Family Services, Women Helping Women Maui, Child Welfare Services, Malama Family Recovery, and the list continues to grow.
In addition to the public drop box locations, Wailea Resort hotels along with condominium and homeowners associations will be collecting toys, also.
"Many organizations came up with creative ideas to collect the toys, such as an inter-office holiday pot-luck, where employees brought a child's gift to donate, instead of their exchanging gifts with each other," said Pikrone. "This is a time to come together as a community to share aloha, and provide Maui's keiki a smile on Christmas morning."
"While we are always very happy to get any gift that someone wants to give for children of any age, the following age groups (see sidebar) tend to be the ones that are often overlooked," said FOCJC Children's Gift Program Coordinator Anne Leuteneker.
Pikrone also noted that, "Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as this will allow us to purchase educational toys in addition to those collected in our drop boxes".
Checks can be made payable to WCA (indicate "Toys for Kids" on your check).
Age Group Gift Suggestions
Girls, 9 to 12 Board games, Books, Activity kits such as jewelry making, tattooing, bird houses painting, beading or pottery.
Boys, 10 to 12 Sports equipment, Slap Watches, science toys, remote control toys.
Teens Gift cards ($20 or less)