Hundreds of keiki and their ʻohana poured their creative hearts out and shared some laughs and smiles at Santa’s Ornament Workshop at the Hawaiʻi Kai Towne Center. PIDF’s Project Pilina Foster Care Service Program distributed blank wooden ornaments and set up tables with art supplies for families to get into the holiday spirit— it was the perfect way to sing merry tunes and prepare for Santa’s arrival.
“The holiday season is a very special time of the year and being able to provide an opportunity for children and their families to spend quality time together and make precious holiday memories is what we intended with our Santa’s Ornament Workshop event,” said Brandon Kim, Oʻahu Community Liaison of Project Pilina.
Project Pilina Community Liaisons were available to talk story with the ʻohana if they were interested in foster care. Some asked about the general licensing process, while others were curious about the many different ways they can support keik in foster care.
On any given day in Hawaiʻi, there are approximately 1,500 keiki in foster care. This event was an amazing opportunity for the newly named Project Pilina to get to know the community and share more about our available services, including a concentrated focus on finding homes for keiki in foster care in the midst of a global pandemic.
“This event has brought a beautiful reminder of how life changing it is to be surrounded by and spend time with people who genuinely care about you. We want that for every child and we know it’s possible if we continue to come together for them,” said Alana Power, Project Director of Project Pilina.
Look out for Project Pilina’s next ornament workshop happening at Kahala mall on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 12m – 6pm — tell your friends and family to pass by!