Making Holiday Wishes Come True

By Lynn Vasquez-Dela Cerna
Wednesday - December 15, 2010 Share

By Lynn Vasquez-Dela Cerna, Founder
The Slippah Foundation

Five years ago on the computer bulletin board, the question “What do you want for Christmas?” was asked. I answered, “I wish for all the children of Mayor Wright Housing to have a pair of rubber slippahs so they won’t have to go barefoot.”

Fellow online members asked how they could help, and soon the simple request snowballed into “The Slippah Project,” and later The Slippah Foundation.

Our mission was simple: to give rubber slippahs to needy children during the holidays. But it started to take a direction all its own. We started giving out canned goods, clothes, toys, and one year we even gave away two pallets of cabbage donated by Hawaii Foodbank. We gave out slippahs to the adults, too!

Every year the list of recipients grew. In 2008, we included most of the public housing facilities and shelters on Oahu, and we also sent out slippahs to Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

Although The Slippah Foundation became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2009, unfortunately we weren’t able to repeat what we did the previous year due to tough economic times.

We don’t receive any grants. Our donations are from everyday folks and through the Internet.

To help The Slippah Foundation continue to spread joy to families in need, you can donate online at, the preferred and most-convenient fundraising option.

Lynn Vasquez-Dela Cerna, aka Auntie Pupule, hands out slippahs to the homeless living at Kehau Beach

However, if you want to make sure every cent reaches the children, you can mail a check to The Slippah Foundation, 1689 Piikea St., Honolulu HI 96818.

This year, our annual Mayor Wright Housing Christmas Celebration will be held Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. Contact Ligaya Hartman at 366-8775 for more information on ways to make a donation or participate in the season of good will.

I’d like to believe we can donate slip-pahs, food and other goods again this year.

Wishes and dreams do come true. You’ve just gotta believe!

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