By Courtney Viernes
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Santa brought holiday joy to many families in need on Tuesday at Side Street Inn on Da Strip, providing wonderful presents and a holiday meal to families from the "Women In Need" program.
The event was a success thanks to the partnership between The Locations Foundation and Side Street Inn on Da Strip.
Santa and his elves made a surprise appearance for the keiki and handed out presents purchased by the Locations Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of Hawaii's largest, locally owned real estate company, Prudential Locations.
"When Santa arrived today, Side Street Inn on Da Strip was filled with squeals of delight from the kids, who were just tickled to meet him and so happy to receive a Christmas present alongside a delicious meal with their family," said Mary Scott-Lau, executive director of Women in Need. "Often times, families in our program don't have the means to make extravagant holiday plans, but because of the good people at The Locations Foundation and Side Street Inn on Da Strip, there was plenty of extra holiday cheer to go around."
In the spirit of giving, many gifts were purchased for over 100 keiki and adults by The Locations Foundation, including Prudential Locations and Wells Fargo Home Loans.
The Locations Foundation put together a holiday wish lists and hosted a gift drive earlier this month. The gifts were then wrapped and given out by Santa and his elves to the families who could make the "Santa's Inn Da House" event. The other presents were delivered personally to the families who couldn't make it. The food and venue was generously donated by the Side Street Inn on Da Strip.
"Fulfilling a holiday wish list for families in need is something that The Locations Foundation has done for many years now, but it was our new partnership with Side Street Inn on Da Strip that brought new life and extra joy to this year's program," said Corinda Wong, President of Locations Foundation and partner at Prudential Locations. "Seeing how thrilled the kids were to meet Santa, eat a really good meal and get a present that they put on their wish list is priceless and we hope to continue this tradition for many more years to come."