In the wake of the Lahaina fire, Maui Ocean Center stepped up to bring a bit of holiday magic to families affected by the blaze. Partnering with local businesses and community groups in a toy drive in Maalaea, the MOC ensured that the children of Lahaina could experience some much-needed joy this season.
Kimberly Lewis, the admissions manager at Maui Ocean Center, spoke passionately about the impact of these donations: "This gives families who have lost everything a glimmer of hope and eases their burden, if only for a moment."
Beyond mere words, Maui Ocean Center was actively collecting toys and spreading awareness. Their involvement served as a beacon of unity, a heartfelt gesture that showcased unwavering support for Lahaina families during their challenging times.
The amazing support resulted in over 2000 toys being donated for the event. Organizers ensured that any toys not received by families would find their way to a distribution center in Lahaina, where they would continue to bring smiles and warmth to those who could use them most.
The Maui Ocean Center's unwavering dedication to this cause exemplifies the island's compassion and community spirit. In moments of adversity, their actions echo the true essence of Aloha, offering a ray of hope and solidarity to those in need.