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.
Every Christmas, Central Union Church provides gifts for the most vulnerable and needy people on our island, including homeless youth (aged out of foster care), unsheltered families, indigent elderly, and survivors of domestic violence. If you would like to participate in this endeavor, please send a check in any amount to Central Union Church, indicating "White Gifts" in the memo line. Suitable gifts will then be purchased with donated funds, based on the specific needs of the people each agency serves. You may mail the check to Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826. 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 2022:
In 2022 our gifts from Hawaii were delivered and distributed to children in the Philippines, Mongolia, El Salvador, Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, Madagascar, and various South Pacific Island 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!
Nearly 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.
Bringing joy to the world,