DSC_8427LR2_thumbHILO, Hawaii Dec. 19, 2013– Employees at the Office of the Corporation Counsel joined together to help two families in Hilo celebrate a Merry Christmas. Partnering with HOPE Services Hawaii for the second year in a row, they selected two families in need to receive gifts, household items, toiletries and furniture.

Katherine Garson, the Assistant Corporation Counsel, spoke to staff and the families at a small gathering, “HOPE Services assisted one of our friends and co-workers when she was in need of help. This employee spearheaded this project on behalf of our office – to help other families. We just want to keep paying it forward.”

Corporation Counsel employees collected gifts for each family member throughout the year, based on a needs list that the families created. They also donated household items like laundry detergent, cookware, a bed, a dresser, a recliner, bedding, as well as purchasing gift cards from Walmart. “It’s exciting for our office, it makes us feel like it’s really Christmas time.” says Corporation Counsel Private Secretary Martha Rodillas, “It’s really a feeling of giving back to somebody who is less fortunate than we are. It makes us feel good to do for others, like we are a part of the solution.”

For more information or to partner with HOPE to benefit those in need:
Brandee Menino, HOPE Services Hawaii, CEO – Phone 808.933.6013 or email bmenino@hopeserviceshawaii.org. Please visit our website: www.hopeserviceshawaii.org.