Christmas lights, a little Bing Crosby or some late-night online shopping (using AmazonSmile, of course) might do it for some to signal the arrival of the holidays. But, it’s the Adopt a Family program that gets me into the holiday spirit.
We started this tradition at my office five years ago with humble beginnings, and it has become a seasonal high point for all of us. It gives our staff the opportunity to bond, appreciate what we have and give a little back to folks in our community who need a little helping hand.
The program reaches out to a wide range of households that are facing challenges in their lives – seniors on limited incomes with little or no family support; homeless veterans living in transitional shelters; families facing tough medical situations; parents caring for adult children with life-long disabilities; victims of domestic violence; single parents with young children; multi-generational households and many more.
Through the Adopt A Family program, my office, along with many other community members, businesses and groups, is able to directly support families in need and help them make this one of the happiest times of the year. The $1,850 in donations collected by our staff will help make this Christmas a little easier for eight families (61 individuals) in Hawaii. We may not be changing the world, but we are helping our neighbors in need and doing what we can to spread aloha to those who call our islands home.
As we bring 2016 to a close, the entire Board of Directors at Helping Hands Hawaii would like to extend a heartfelt mahalo to everyone who has helped us support vulnerable populations in Hawaii this year. Collaboration with public and private sectors, social service nonprofits, housing and shelter providers, hospitals and many other organizations have all contributed to individuals and families with tools they need to move toward more independent and stable living.
We would also like to recognize the staff at Helping Hands Hawaii for their tireless commitment to its mission to develop community self-sufficiency and resilience by providing guidance, household goods and opportunities for empowerment and connection. You make us proud to serve, and we can’t wait to see what you can achieve in 2017!
Happy Holidays to one and all!
Rick Humphreys, Jr.
Board of Directors
Helping Hands Hawaii