Thursday, December 23, 2010

Spreading ALOHA to the Marshallese...

I'm highly convinced it's children who keep Christmas feeling "real". The holidays have always been a big deal in my family, mostly because it means we will have another reason to get together. However, the "magic" part sort of loses it's shine and shimmer when you discover Santa is your parents and seeing so many people stress over what to buy and how much they spend. The simplicity of the holidays became real again this season in ways that are challenging me to put into words. I won't even try. All of the support that has been received over the past couple months, the giving, the time, the help finally became real today...
With a UHAUL full of love from 4 countries, all over the mainland, and 4 of the Hawaiian islands , we made Christmas real (all the sparkle and shine) happen for over 100 children and their families. It was the exciting feeling you get as a child when you "think" you hear Santa on the roof and see Rudolph in the sky! It was so cool! Without much else to say as I'm still sitting here semi-speechless, we took all that was given to us (from you all) and gave it away. In return, we got dozens of hugs and enough smiles to keep Christmas real...

THANK YOU to all of you that made this possible for each of those children and their families too. Unreal. MOST Happy Holidays & lots of love & aloha,
PS: Special thank you to Bike Works for being the drop-off point, the 83 people from other islands, countries, and the mainland that sent us clothes, gifts, shoes, toys, food, and financial help, thank you. To the awesome bakers that took over YWAM kitchen (and your own kitchens), to the local companies on Big Island that reached in your pockets, thank you. To those that helped me wrap (A LOT), to WHT for spreading the word, to Kurtistown Church & the tri clubs that donated massive amounts of shoe boxes, and High Cloud-thank you! To the Big Island community for embracing our neighbors down South, to everyone all over that gave & prayed, THANK YOU! HUGE Mahalo to the team that rolled South today (Wendy, Fredo, Annmarie, Kainoa, Janine & hubby, Deb & hubby, Becky and family, Dana & hubby, Mike, Pat, Matt & Anne, and of course Shirley) to help spread the ALOHA & to the Marshellese for welcoming us!! And to Kainoa... you keep Christmas real for me, Santa is coming for you next! (forgive me if I left anyone out)


Blogger Sarah Giacomarra Schrader said...

Amazing. I wish I could say more, but I am a bit speechless.
Merry Christmas

December 24, 2010 at 5:21 AM

Blogger Blain said...

The world is a better place because of people like Bree Wee. You are awesome. Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Blogger Kiet said...

Good stuff chica, feeling the love.

December 24, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Blogger tinaparker87 said...

Such an amazing thing all of you did for them! We do need more people like all of you in our world.

December 24, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Blogger Beth said...

What an amazing project - it has been so fun "watching" you first come up with the idea and then following all the way through to the end. Congrats Bree!! Too awesome for words!

December 24, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Blogger Kelly said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful Christmas gift with all of us!! Merry Christmas to you, Bree.

December 24, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Blogger PocoLocoMan said...

God Bless you and everyone else that helped. Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM

OpenID said...

Way to represent Bree!

December 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

Just wanted to say THANK YOU Bree for all that you did for this project. You put your heart & soul into this while sharing your aloha spirit. The kids smiles are priceless!
Two thumbs way up for you:)

December 24, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Blogger Matt W. said...

No, thank you Bree! We had the best xmas ever with those kiddos. Such a lovely group of people. Thanks for including us in this project.

December 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Blogger Lucy Francis said...

BREE! What an achievement. I'm so proud of you. Just to see the pictures of so many children smiling and their families. what you've just done is wonderful. Mahalo to you for showing us what christmas should be all about! Unfortunately everywhere in the world, even in the big cities, there are groups, like the marshallese, that need help and this should serve us as an example of what can be done.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS (how do you say it in hawai'ian?)to you and Kainoa,

Ps: do you do barbecued turkey on the beach?

December 25, 2010 at 2:18 AM

Blogger Clair said...

Awesome work. I am so glad my shoes could be a little part of such an incredible day. Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Blogger Marni said...

That is absolutely wonderful what you did, along with the help of so many. You spread cheer everywhere you go Bree!!
Keep up the great work and for living life to the fullest!

December 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

OpenID itsagoodmorning said...

Amazing, Bree! So few these days get that the magic of Christmas is in simplicity and not a multitude of gifts. The gift you are giving Kainoa is greater than anything you could buy him!

December 30, 2010 at 7:11 AM

Blogger Running Librarian said...

Beautiful! Merry christmas!

December 31, 2010 at 5:58 PM


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