HUGS Families gather together for “Circle Time” at their monthly HUGS Family Dinner.
HUGS Families gather together for “Circle Time” at their monthly HUGS Family Dinner.
HUGS Families gather together for “Circle Time” at their monthly HUGS Family Dinner.

HONOLULU – www.hugslove.org– HUGS, a local non-profit helping families with seriously ill children, today announced it received $124,181 in grant monies last year to help it achieve its mission.  These grants helped cover HUGS extensive list of programs aimed at helping local families statewide, including Peer to Peer Support, support for siblings of ill children, Celebration of Life, Airfare Assistance, Hospital Visitation and general operating support.

HUGS would like to wholeheartedly thank the following organizations for their support:

  • Cades Foundation: $5,000
  • Friends of Hawaii Charities: $5,000
  • Freeman Family Fund: $10,000
  • Fumiko Tamura Foundation: $2,415.00
  • Hawaii Flex Grant: $10,000
  • Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund: $3,000
  • Omidyar Ohana Fund: $10,000
  • Hazel H. Takumi Foundation: $1,000
  • NFL Foundation: $3,500
  • Tommy Holmes Foundation Fund: $15,000
  • Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association: $5,000
  • Williamson Rindge and Hole Family Foundation: $2,750
  • Maui Nui Community Fund: $1,000
  • The Austin Foundation: $10,000
  • Locations Foundation: $5,612.02
  • Ho/Ching Charitable Fund: $500
  • First Hawaiian bank Foundation: $3,000
  • Beta Beta Gamma Foundation: $$7,904.54
  • Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation: $5,000
  • June Jones Foundation: $10,000
  • HSMAI-Hawaii Chapter: $3,000
  • Hawaii Bowl Foundation: $2,500
  • Charles Pankow Foundation: $3,000

“We are so grateful for the support each of these groups granted us this year,” said Joan Naguwa, HUGS Executive Director, ”Their generosity has allowed us to better serve seriously ill children and their families across the state of Hawaii.”

For more information about HUGS and how you can get involved please contact HUGS at 808.732.4846 or check out their website www.hugslove.org.

For more than 30 years, HUGS has been helping Hawaii’s families with seriously ill children to improve their quality of life through programs that address the emotional, social, physical, and financial needs of each family member and the entire family. HUGS relies on donations made by the community to provide services free of charge to families with a seriously ill child, ages birth to 21 years.

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