The Wailea Community Association is spearheading a toy drive for children again this year.
"Our annual Keiki Kalikimaka Toy Drive has been extremely successful over the past nine years, thanks to the generosity of the residents and guests of Wailea Resort. We are very proud to announce that in our 10th 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," said Bud Pikrone, general manager for the Wailea Community Association.
The organization is collecting new, unwrapped toys through Friday at the Wailea Fire Station and at the Wailea Community Association office, located in Hotel Wailea.
"Toys collected will be gathered by our volunteer elves and distributed to over 25 different human services agencies in Maui County. Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui receives requests from many agencies year round and last year provided 1,612 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" said Paul Tonnessen, executive director of Friends of the Children's Justice Center.
"In the past, many groups were very creative in their collecting of toys, such as an interoffice holiday potluck, where employees brought a child's gift to donate instead of exchanging gifts with each other" said Pikrone.
"While we are always very happy to get any gift that someone wants to give for children of any age, the newborn-to-2-year-old age group tends to be the ones that are in need this year" said Tonnessen. "We can also use gift cards ($20 or less please), which are very well received by the teenage group."
Pikrone also noted that "monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as this will allow us to purchase educational toys in addition to those collected at the Wailea Fire Station."
Checks can be made payable to WCA (indicate Keiki Kalikimaka Toy Drive on the check).