Most of the folks who come here know about the legendary Auntie Pupule, Lynn Vasquez, and how the Slippah Project got started. If you aren’t familiar, it all began in 2005, when Lynn posted on the Hawai’i Threads bulletin board that her Christmas wish would be to give simple rubber slippers to the less-fortunate kids of Mayor Wright Housing in Honolulu, where she lived. The denizens of HT immediately jumped on the idea and donated money, slippers, food, candy, toys and clothes to make the wish come true.
I wrote an article telling the whole story of how this began for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin which appeared as the Christmas 2005 cover story. You can read that article here: Christmas wish fulfilled 11/28/2009: Star-Bulletin: Holiday project by ‘Auntie’ puts slippers on the feet of needy keiki
All these years, it has been an ad-hoc organization, which is to say, just Lynn and me, collecting money and with volunteers and friends delivering Christmas gifts to kids in ever-widening areas in Hawai’i, every year.
–Blaine, Nov. 26, 2009 (Happy Thanksgiving!)
On Nov. 30, 2009, with the help of another legendary local woman, Kehaulani Watson, we officially became The Slippah Foundation, a genuine, Hawai’i 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation! The board consists of Lynn, and me. You can now make your checks to The Slippah Foundation. I am in the process of setting up the PayPal account to go directly to the Slippah Foundation account.
–Blaine, Nov. 30, 2009 (It’s OFFICIAL!)
ChipIn is the preferred donation vehicle, but if you wish, checks can be mailed to:
The Slippah Foundation
99-122 Kihewa Place
Aiea, HI 96701
Make check payable to: The Slippah Foundation
The Slippah Foundation EIN: 27-1380921