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Lahaina church reaching out to keiki around the world

By Staff | Nov 11, 2010

Want to bring a little holiday joy to suffering children around the world?

Lahaina Baptist Church is again serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.

Through the planet’s biggest Christmas project, Lahaina residents can send shoe box gifts to children in 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.

Each year, Lahaina volunteers strive to collect a record number of shoe box gifts for needy children.

This year, local organizers hope to collect more than 1,000 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, keiki, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.

From West Maui, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary — sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels and even dog sleds — to bring joy to children around the world.

Simply fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.

Next, take the gifts to Lahaina Baptist Church, 209 Shaw Street, from Nov. 15-22. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call the church at 661-3725.

And here at home, many charities need your kokua during the holiday season and all year long, including Maui Food Bank, Feed My Sheep, Women Helping Women, Salvation Army, A Keiki’s Dream, Light Bringers Rescue Mission and local churches.

Between life’s difficult and tragic turns, the recession and the high cost of living in paradise, many Maui residents are hurting.

This holiday season, put needy children, the working poor, the elderly and homeless on Maui on your gift list by giving to these vital charities.