Saturday, April 14, 2018

URGENT NEEDS... Who's Hungry?

Aloha Friends!

We have just received URGENT news that the Mauloa Food Panty is dangerously low on FOOD and HYGIENE items!  Hawaii's growing epidemic of homeless and food insecure families is often hidden away because of our tourist based economy.  Even though Hawaii seems like paradise, on any given day there are at least 6,000 homeless and 33% of them are children. 



The City and County of Oahu estimates that 32% of the North Shore families are food insecure during the year!

Over 70,000 are living in poverty.


Last year, we managed to fill the pantry twice, but at the moment it's nearly empty! They NEED our HELP! 

Here is a list of particularly favored items at the Mauloa Food Pantry:
  • DRIED SOUP in packages, like CUP OF NOODLES
  • Snack, Granola or Energy-type Bars
  • Instant Oatmeal in individual containers (Express Cups)
  • Spam Classic (Preferred in single packs)
  • Tuna in single packs or easy pull tops.
  • Peanut Butter in individual single use packs 
  • Saltine Crackers in small packs
  • Small tubes of Shampoo
  • Small individual packs of soap
  • Tampax Tampons 
  • Disposable Toothbrush with tooth paste - Individually wrapped
  • Disposable Razor with Cream - Individually wrapped
  • Small Cotton Washcloths
If you're shopping on AMAZON and would like to add a few of these items to your order: CLICK HERE!   Or, you can ship these items directly to our headquarters.
ANY canned, boxed or packaged and unopened items will be appreciated!  However, it will be especially helpful if the items are individually wrapped or in small or individual sizes.

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=bTie5jEGaArLM7B9KlUkdOBU4KKzSv9ETl_nqZ0AlaGLEOsTMpVMAVUw_A7JRmRjli-NgWOr, if you would rather DONATE MONEY, we can buy the items... CLICK this image, or the DONATE BUTTON on the upper right labelled: HELP THE HUNGRY!



https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/KC24CFFFK7DT/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2
Any amount helps! Check out the AMAZON LIST:

PLEASE SHIP TO or DROP OFF:
Dream of a Better World
68-505 Crozier Dr
Waialua, HI  96791  






Friday, March 2, 2018

Thank You to WalMart and The Today Show!


Thank You to WalMart and The Today Show!

During the recent Northern California wildfires, a hero emerged. Her name is Payton Walton and she is a nurse at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Northern California. On the night of the fires, Payton watched in awe as her fellow workers and other first responders evacuated their families from their homes and came directly to work at the hospital to help others in need. Dozens of Payton’s friends and co-workers lost their homes while they worked that night. And Payton couldn’t sleep at night worrying about her friends.


So, Payton created “Family Match” to match families who suffered loss with 8-10 families around Marin County and the Bay Area who are willing to adopt these families and help them get back on their feet by finding temporary housing, donating food and clothing and doing fundraisers for them. Dream of a Better World met Payton through this program and we were able to raise thousands of dollars for over a dozen families who have lost homes in the fire.

The Family Match program has helped over 1200 families and caught the eye of many national TV shows, including The Today Show. During Payton’s interview, The today Show, in conjunction with WalMart, gave Payton a financial gift to give to the charity of her choice. And guess what?! Payton chose Dream of a Better World because of all your donations and all the work we did to help families impacted by the fire.

Soon we will receive a check for $5,000.00 and with Payton, we will pass it out to more families in Northern California. Thank you, Payton, WalMart and The Today Show!

With appreciation,
Hannah Button and the Northern California Dream Team!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Thank you for all your support in 2017! We made a difference!


Dear friends, family and all our supporters around the world,

This was an amazing year for Dream of a Better World, and we would not have been able to do ANY of this meaningful work without all of you working by our side!

You have helped donate funds, but also you have helped us collect food, plant gardens, fill backpacks for kids in need, deliver supplies to a women’s homeless shelter, and volunteered to work at Boots on the Bridge, a memorial for fallen soldiers. You have sent letters and passed out flyers, and delivered pillows, blankets and supplies to families who have lost their homes in the California wildfire. You have shopped for cars, bought school uniforms, and bought school supplies and household needs for families who have lost their homes or jobs during Hurricane Harvey. You made Christmas possible for 19 wounded and sick soldiers and their families at Fisher House near Tripler Hospital. You bought an iPad and helped ease the financial burden for the family of a sick child.  You helped with a marine biology program for disadvantaged school kids and filled a food pantry, twice!

THANK YOU ALL from Dream of a Better World! We are a team and you all are a huge part of it!

With love and respect,
Hannah, Jack and Carly Button and the California and Hawaii Dream Team

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Some Sad News….


Hi Everyone,

We are saddened to have to let you all know that Shyne Aquino has passed away. For the past year, he has been our mom’s hospice patient and we, along with lots of you, have gotten to know
him through our blogs and his sweet stories. Shyne loved trains, particularly the Polar Express, music videos, shrimp chips and his sweet, caring dad, Vernon. Thank you all who jumped in and helped us raise the funds to buy
Shyne a brand new iPad, which he loved. Shyne will be missed. For being only 12 years old, he sure touched many lives.