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Good Neighbor Fund to support those in need exceeds $100,000 goal

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                                Kristine Garabiles of Helping Hands Hawaii walks past some of the donated items to be given to needy families for the holidays on Nov. 19, 2021.


    Kristine Garabiles of Helping Hands Hawaii walks past some of the donated items to be given to needy families for the holidays on Nov. 19, 2021.

As 2022 came to a close, so did the annual Good Neighbor Fund campaign, a charitable partnership between the Honolulu Star-­Advertiser, Helping Hands Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank that helps struggling individuals and families during the holiday season.

Starting on Thanksgiving Sunday, the newspaper offered weekly features on five local ohana who were hoping to make their spirits a little brighter with help from their neighbors, accompanied by a list of donors. As of the latest tally, the Good Neighbor Fund had raised a little more than $115,000 from donations of all sizes, surpassing its goal of $100,000.

Donations to the fund will help support Helping Hands Hawaii’s operational costs, as well as its various programs including the Community Clearinghouse, which provides basic necessities to those in need.

Kristine Garabiles of Helping Hands Hawaii said monetary donations to the 2022 holiday campaign fell short of the previous year’s total, which nearly doubled its goal of $75,000. However, she still considers the most recent fundraising drive a big success.

The nonprofit’s Adopt A Family holiday program was able to serve more than 700 families, according to Garabiles.

As usual, the months of November and December recorded the largest number of donations of money and goods for the Community Clearinghouse and the Good Neighbor Fund, both of which operate year-round, Garabiles said.

“Donations come in where it’s piling up into a mountain of stuff,” she said. “The staff can’t keep up with sorting and putting them out on the floors, so we’re always looking for volunteers who can help us with that.”

Those who would like to continue helping their neighbors in need may send monetary donations to the Good Neighbor Fund at 2100 N. Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96819, while donations of gently used items can be dropped off at the Community Clearinghouse, located at the same address, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Helping Hands Hawaii can start by filling out an application at­volunteer/.

Here is the latest list of donors to the 2022 Good Neighbor Fund:

>> Danton Wong $510.65

>> Kathleen Ahsing $510.65

>> In memory of Dr. Roy and Coco Sam $500

>> Jesus Faith Deliverance Church Inc. $500

>> Karen Fuse $500

>> L.B. Goldstein $500

>> Michael T. and Wendy K. Miyabara $500

>> Sharifah Shank $500

>> Sidney Y. Nakahara $400

>> Marley and Wilma C. Carter $300

>> Lenore Ogawa $255.58

>> Delbert W. Ouye $250

>> Lisa W. Cataldo $250

>> Nery L. Heenan $250

>> Ashley Kraner $204.56

>> Celia Shen $204.56

>> Russell Houlton $204.56

>> In loving memory of Reynold Leong and Derik Shiira $200

>> Janice S.A. and Stevenson H. Okubo $200

>> John D. Stahl $200

>> Judith A. Goldman $200

>> Leon Kitashima $153.55

>> In loving memory of Brynnie Gal $110

>> In honor of Liane Takara for Christmas $102.53

>> Lori Muramoto $102.53

>> Matthew Chikasuye $102.53

>> Andrea Wolfe $100

>> Barry M. and Jean I. Kuramoto $100

>> Charles D. and Nalei Kanoho Harris $100

>> Dale Doi $100

>> Florence K. Nii $100

>> George Kaiwi $100

>> Howard R. and Chung S. Weidenhof $100

>> In loving memory of Clyde Tsukayama $100

>> In loving memory of Eric Ho $100

>> In loving memory of Francis Ho $100

>> In loving memory of Janice Lee $100

>> In loving memory of Robert Hee $100

>> In loving memory of Theodore Garduque $100

>> In memory of Anna and Peter Mahoe $100

>> In memory of Connie and Bill Recktenwald $100

>> In memory of Jerry Masao Okuda $100

>> In memory of Mabel M. Oyama $100

>> In memory of Margaret L. Hadley $100

>> In memory of Mariano & Clara Adzuara $100

>> In memory of Mrs. Yasako Honda $100

>> In memory of Sachiko Monzen $100

>> In memory of Tadami & Kimei Kamitaki $100

>> In memory of Yuichi & Tsuyu Asato $100

>> Jacquelyn N. Sato $100

>> John I. Kotake DDS and Karen T. Kotake $100

>> Karen O. Harunaga $100

>> Lisa A.K. and Leslie H. Miyamoto $100

>> Mary Lou T. Yoshino $100

>> Merry Christmas $100

>> Nicholas and Noah Lee $100

>> Richard E. Duggan $100

>> Sandra M. Akasaka $100

>> Susan E. Morishige $100

>> Tu Long Lac $100

>> Faye Haraguchi $51.52

>> Gerald Dang $51.52

>> Mary Megyesi $51.52

>> Diane S. Yoshida $50

>> In loving memory of Francis and Grace Minato $50

>> Karen Seale $50

>> Myra M. and Clarence K. Sato $50

>> Patty & Gerald $50

>> Susan M. Killeen $50

>> Sanaie Oda $45

>> Mark Hayes $41.31

>> Jane Honk $30

>> Elaine Kunimitsu $25

>> Ernest Heller $25

>> Kathryn Beamer $25

>> Lani Kae Lauahi $20

>> Linda Miyasato $10

>> Puamaeole D Costa $10

>> Brenden B & Julian J $5

>> Anonymous $7,358.92

>> Weekly Total: $19,161.49

>> Previous Week’s Total: $95,922.91

>> Grand Total: $115,084.40

Linsey Dower covers ethnic and cultural affairs and is a corps member of Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues and communities.

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