Helping Honolulu's social service agencies and ministries provide
necessities and Christmas gifts to the poorest in our community.
Mahalo to all who generously donated gifts and funds to make Christmas brighter for 1,000 individuals in Honolulu.
Special needs for homeless youth (aged out of foster care), homeless families, indigent elderly, and survivors of domestic violence. All gifts must be new, appropriate, and easy to carry. Many recipients don't have easy access to electricity, and often must carry most of their belongings with them. Please, no liquids, no toiletries, nothing that requires electricity, no food or candy, and nothing large, heavy, or breakable. Micro-fleece blankets in neutral colors are always popular and practical. By far the greatest need is gifts for men and teen boys.
Wrap each gift in white paper (or use reverse side of colored gift wrap) and a white ribbon or bow. In one corner, indicate if the gift is for a man or woman, teen boy or teen girl, and if the gift is for a child please indicate gender and age. For clothing, indicate size. (Note: Please do NOT donate clothing for women.)
Gifts may be brought to Central Union Church in Honolulu during office hours Monday through Friday, before White Gifts Sunday, the middle Sunday of December,or bring them to Central Union Church for the White Gifts Pageant at 9:00 a.m. The gifts will be picked up that day by the agencies, to be distributed in time for Christmas.
a.k.a. The Shoebox Project
To all who contributed time, energy, shoeboxes, (wo)manpower, monetary donations, trucks, gift items, and so much more!
TOTAL NUMBER OF GIFT-FILLED SENT FROM HAWAII in 2019:
In 2019 our gifts from Hawaii were delivered and distributed to children in the Philippines, Nepal, South Pacific Islands and some Muslim sensitive countries,
Many thanks to all who packed shoeboxes, and to all who contributed their time, energy, talent, funds and prayers to make this project a success!
Over 11 million gift-filled shoeboxes were hand-distributed to children in over 100 countries last Christmas.
A simple gift can change a child's life forever. This is a meaningful, fun project for kids, teens, adults, school groups, businesses, Scout troops, churches, service clubs, families, and YOU! Simply pack a shoebox with an assortment of new items including school supplies, hygiene items, and toys. Your shoebox gifts will be personally distributed to hurting children in countries impacted by war, natural disaster, and extreme poverty. It's so easy to make a lasting difference! For more information, labels, and instructions on how to pack a good shoebox gift visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.