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Donations are up this holiday season

Scott Morishige Scott Morishige
Robert Napoleon Robert Napoleon

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - There has been a flurry of activity as shoppers rush to get that last minute gift. But this holiday season, there's also been more people dropping off donations.

Its the season for giving. And giving. And giving.

According to those on the receiving end of island donations.

"We've notice our material donations of food, clothing and furniture have actually increased," said Scott Morishige of Helping Hands. Donation centers around Oahu have see more people drop off much needed toys and everyday items. Goodwill Industries adds their donations are up nearly 10% from last year as well.

"Its a good feeling, cause a lot of the donations of the Christmas program is going to people who really need the help. Those who wouldn't have anything at all to give to their children this Christmas otherwise," added Morishige.

That means, for some little boy, Santa will bring him that bike he'd like. Or a little girl will get her hands on that princess doll she so desperately wanted.

Robert Napoleon came all the way from Kaneohe to drop off items to Helping Hands.

"We feel that there's other people who really need this stuff. We want to share with other people that don't have it," said the Windward Oahu resident.

Its not a surprising attitude this holiday season, but it may surprise you to know that Robert was recently laid off. But instead of worrying about himself, he's thinking of others struggling during this difficult economy.

"We have enough to get on, but if I have a little extra...I should share it"

So if you are looking for the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, look beyond the fancy gift wrapped presents from a store.

And this holiday, look into the hearts of donors.

Even though more people are donating material items this holiday season, monetary donations are down from last year.

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