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Homeless in Haleiwa receive Christmas gifts

Jennalyn Tubon Jennalyn Tubon
Nancy Durrett Nancy Durrett

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HALEIWA (KHNL) - While 'tis the season to be jolly for many people in the islands, it can be rough for those who are homeless. Several organizations are helping out.

With no transitional shelters close by, families without homes in Haleiwa rely on each other to get by.

Gifts from the community pour into the Next Step Shelter in Kakaako this holiday season, which find their way to the North Shore just in time for Christmas.

Like Santa's sleigh, this red truck pulls into Haleiwa Harbor bearing gifts. This area is home to dozens of people who gather around to pray and give thanks, not only for the Christmas gifts but for having each other during this special time of year.

"I'm really thankful because that way everybody gets the opportunity to do something and celebrate as a family," said Jennalyn Tubon, who is homeless.

Everything from food, clothing and of course toys make their way into the hands of adults and kids. Nancy Durrett says that many of these people work, but don't make enough to transition out of this lot which they call home.

"Forty percent are working class citizens who are working, they just can't find affordable housing," said Nancy Durrett of the Affordable Housing and Homeless Alliance.

It's a time for giving, but organizers hope this will be the last time they deliver gifts at Haleiwa Harbor.

"We're hoping we can partner with other organizations so that we can some day, are dream is maybe we can create a homeless, transitional shelter here," said Durrett.

It only comes once a year, but the look in the eyes of these kids is something these organizers will remember forever.

"It's a memory that you will never forget, and you will always have with you, so this is my best Christmas ever," said Durrett.

More than 200 gifts were handed out today in Haleiwa to about 10 families.

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