– Community invited to drop off donations, enjoy holiday activities and enter for a chance to win tickets to the Hawaii Bowl-
Goodwill Hawaii and Hawaii Foodbank are teaming up for a one-day donation event with the goal of packing their warehouses with donations needed to fulfill Hawaii’s families this holiday season. From 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 14, the community is invited to help ‘Pack Da House’ by dropping off canned goods, clothing, household items and monetary donations to the Goodwill Hawaii and Hawaii Foodbank’s neighboring warehouses (2610 & 2611 Kilihau Street, Mapunapuna), then enjoy some festive family fun.
“We are excited to work together with our next door neighbor Hawaii Foodbank this year to rally the community for donations that will make a difference for a family in need especially during the holiday season,” said Laura Smith, Goodwill Hawaii’s President and CEO. “It’s always great to collaborate with other nonprofit agencies who share the same goal, to enhance the lives of underprivileged communities across the state.”
“We’re pleased to partner with Goodwill Hawaii to ‘Pack Da House’ this holiday season,” said Hawaii Foodbank President and CEO Ron Mizutani. “As the holiday season approaches, there is always an increased awareness of the need to help others in our community who are struggling. This is just one way that businesses, organizations, schools, clubs, families and individuals can get involved to make a difference and give the gift of hope.”
Anyone who makes a donation at the event will be entered to win tickets to the SoFi Hawaii Bowl being played at the Aloha Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Goodwill Hawaii and Hawaii Foodbank will also be serving up some Christmas cheer with entertainment, keiki games and activities, photos with Santa, a Cocoa Bar, and more for donors and families to enjoy.
Goodwill Hawaii, whose mission is to help people reach their full potential and become self-sufficient, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. More than 12,000 people statewide receive services annually through its employment, education and other community programs for low-income families, Native Hawaiians, at-risk youth, adults with disabilities, immigrants, people transitioning out of incarceration and others.
Hawaii Foodbank provides food support to one in eight Hawaii residents every day, including more than 54,000 keiki. The nonprofit collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and nonperishable food through approximately 200 charitable agencies on Oahu and Kauai.