Mahlo to our Get Ready For School partner and sponsor!
Since nearly the founding of Friends of the Children's Advocacy Center in 1989, throughout our time as Friends of the Children's Justice Center of West Hawai‘i and then Friends of the Children of West Hawai‘i, the organization has held an annual school supply drive and distribution project for children in West Hawai‘i - and GET READY HAWAI‘I is proud to be continuing that tradition!
In 2021, with the change to Get Ready Hawai‘i, the annual project that has previously been known as "Supply Our Students" is now called "Get Ready For School" and we are proud to be partnering with Keauhou Shopping Center in to collect school supplies and raise awareness of the needs of children and youth in West Hawaii. Now through July 31 school supplies are being collected at the Keauhou Shopping Center Center Courtyard, Spin Luv Play, Tropics Tap House Kona, Blue Sea Artisans Gallery, Bianelli's Pizza, Kona Stories, and Regal Cinemas at Keauhou. We want to extend a huge MAHALO to all the businesses helping to collect supplies and cash donations, as well as those making contributions of their own. In addition to collection sites at Keauhou Shopping Center, donations can be dropped off at The Employment Experts in the Old Kona Industrial Area and VFW Auxiliary Post 12122 in Kona.
Typically our annual school supply drive provides supplies to an average of 300 children each year. This includes a new backpack filled with the supplies that children will need for the upcoming school year. It costs roughly $25 per child to purchase supplies for those who would like to make a financial donation to support the project. Credit card donations can be made through the PayPal "Donate Now" link at the bottom of the page.
If you are a child, a parent of a child, or a youth serving professional who would like to request assistance from Get Ready For School, please click the link below and complete the request form. Please note that you may complete the form multiple times for multiple children, however the form must be completed separately for each child.