Gifts delivered to Molokai children

Maui Preparatory Academy coordinated dozens of volunteers to fulfill the holiday wish lists of children in Child Welfare Services on Molokai.

The student-led delivery was made possible through the combined efforts of Maui Preparatory Academy, Goodfellow Bros. Inc., Lahaina Grill, Kahana Door of Faith Church, Better Together Photography, Molokai Police Department, Hale Mahaolu, Nalu Grindz and the Golestani family.

Maui Preparatory Academy has worked closely with Molokai’s Child Welfare Services for five years on the “Project Give-A-Gift” program that pairs Letters to Santa with donated gifts for CWS children.

Student Senate President Cassidy Otto was among 15 volunteers who attended the annual event.

“It is a blessing — what we have — so giving back keeps us humble,” Otto said.

“There are not enough words to express our sincere appreciation to the Maui Preparatory Academy, Mr. and Mrs. Golestani and the many donors and volunteers for bringing this wonderful event to Molokai,” said Molokai Child Welfare Services spokeswoman Ruth Misaki. “To see the children’s expressions when they open their gifts are priceless.”

“This was the school’s most successful year, providing a holiday meal, wrapped gifts and holiday food packages for CWS families,” said Jonathan L. Silver, head of the West Maui school. “Maui Prep hopes the gifts will give foster families one less thing to worry about this holiday season. These families already give so much by providing a home and family for these kids, and if they need a little support, we want to be able to provide it for them.”