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The holiday season should be a time of joy for children, regardless of faith or circumstances. It is a time of familial bonding, rejuvenation, and celebration, yet for all too many families simply providing the necessities has become a challenge; particularly during the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Dear Santa project has been a part of Get Ready Hawai‘i and our parent organization Friends of the Children of West Hawai‘i, since our conception in 1989. Although the program has gone by many names over the years, the goal has been the same: ensuring that Christmas comes to those children most in need in our West Hawai‘i community.


Since 2017 we have provided gifts to an average of just under 300 children in West Hawai‘i each year, at an expense of between $8,000 and $14,000 per year.

While we are extremely grateful to our funding partners, grant funds alone are not sufficient to provide for the entirety of the Dear Santa project. With this in mind we are dependent on you, the community we serve, to help us meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. If you are able, please consider making a donation in support of this project. Below is a list of the most commonly requested items if you would like to donate specific gifts. You can also click on the link at the bottom of the page to make a donation through our PayPal account online, or you can support us through any of our fundraising events in the "support us" tab or on our social media.

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- Ipad/Tablets

- Ipods

- Air Pods

- Lego Sets

- Barbie Dolls/Accessories

- Art Sets

- Chromebooks

- Video Game Consoles

- Remote Control Cars

- Camera/Video Cameras

- Stuffed Animals

- Kitchen Playsets

- Skateboard/Helmets

- Bike/Helmets

- Surf/Boogie Boards

- Snorkel Gear

- Fishing Gear

- Doll Houses

- Hot Wheels Race Tracks

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Are you 18 or under and currently reside in West Hawai‘i? Are you or your family currently experiencing challenges? If you are a youth in need, we invite you to click on the link below and complete our Dear Santa request form. All while we are unable to guarantee everyone will get exactly what they request, every effort is made to ensure that everyone receives something from their request list. Requests will be accepted through the end of November, although the earlier they are submitted, the better chance of getting what you want. Once requests are processed we will reach out in mid-December to discuss pickup and delivery options for gifts.

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