By Stephanie Lum - bio | email
KAHALA (HawaiiNewsNow) - This Christmas, you can the give the gift that'll make a difference in the lives of many Hawaii families. With these tough times, your help is needed now more than ever. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program once again hopes to help make the Christmas wishes of thousands of children and seniors come true.
"Clothing? What size? Youth Large?" asked Major Angie Sholin as a mother explained what her son hoped to get from Santa this year.
Sholin is writing down just one of thousands of Christmas wishes on cards and hanging it with the rest of the Angel Tree Tags at Kahala Mall.
"They are people who've come to the Salvation Army asking for help for the Christmas season," Sholin said.
There tags for little boys and girls, even seniors asking for basic things like rice cookers.
"We hope to fulfill over 3,000 gift wishes for Honolulu," said Sholin. For the entire island, the Salvation Army hopes to fulfill up to 7,000 just as it did with help from the community last year.
One of those wishes belong to 9 year old Brian Areseneau who's hoping to get a bike this Christmas. He and his mom Irene are grateful for the generosity they received from strangers years before.
"I got like lots of toys and gifts," said Brian. "It makes me feel good because other people are helping me."
"It gives me a sense that there are people who care for us," said Irene Areseneau. "I am a single parent and I was caring for my mom and it was difficult for me to work and have a single income to give my son what he wants."
Giving is simple. Just stop by Kahala Mall, Windward Mall or Pearl Ridge Shopping Center and pick a tag.
Ann Park and her son Ryan visited Kahala Mall and picked a tag.
"An eight-year-old girl wants a backpack so we'll go around and look for one that's nice and special," 'said Park.
Kathleen Sattler has been buying gifts for children in the Angel Tree Program for years and said, "It just does my heart good and I know little ones are wanting Christmas and wanting Christmas joy."
At last check, of the more than 3,000 tags at Kahala Mall, a little more than 500 are left and waiting for people like you to help make someone's Christmas wish come true.