National charity grows to serve Hawaii keiki anonymously
HONOLULU (KHON2) – The non-profit “Alice’s Kids” charity announced its expansion to provide anonymous financial assistance to children from low-income households in Hawaii on Thursday, May 20.
Alice’s Kids is based in Virginia and helps children in 43 states pay for clothes, shoes, musical instruments, sports equipment, school fees, and more.
The charity accepts requests from trusted teachers, coaches, religious leaders and social workers to provide help through an e-gift card or check sent to the adult applicant.
The request allows the keiki’s parent or guardian to “shine” by personally giving them the item, according to Alice’s Kids.
“My sister and I know from personal experience what it means to live in poverty and the emotional consequences that can entail. Our work focuses on meeting needs that may seem small to adults but are monumental to children. We pride ourselves on helping in a way that protects the dignity of the child as our assistance is provided anonymously. “
Ron Fitzsimmons, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Alice’s Kids
Alice’s Kids donated more than $ 160,000 in donations in 2021 alone.
The majority of children who receive help from the charity are never told they have been helped. Alice’s Kids officials say this is done to protect the child’s dignity and protect them from any embarrassment or shame they may feel.