Xokiahi Cares, Inc. (pronounced Zo-KEE-YAH-HI) is an unconventional nonprofit organization on the island of Guam, serving those in the community who can benefit from our projects. Xokiahi Cares seeks out the needs of the community and creates viable solutions and resources through our many projects. Each project focuses on different needs for the members of our community. Xokiahi Cares, Inc. currently has five active projects in which we use to support those within the community. Angels Giving Soles: We collect or purchase shoes after which we give them to those members of the community who need assistance with obtaining adequate shoes. We have distributed 560 pairs of shoes last year. Angels' Heart Bags: We collect and purchase personal care items and donate them to individuals in the community in need of personal care items. We have distributed 1,500 bags last year. Carers' Kitchen: We collect food stuffs and give them to those members of the community who need them. In addition, every Friday, we provide a community dinner to those in the community who show at the Dededo, GU community center. We have fed a total of 2,450 people last year. Carers' Closet: We provide clothing and household items to those who are in need. For The Love of My Sister: We provide general consulting, life skills, focused assistance and training for those women who are in need. We are currently working on a sixth project, Xokiahi Kids: 24-Hour Childcare Center, which will provide stable affordable childcare. Our projects assist and support local schools, families, and military members who are in need of our services. This campaign will allow us to continue serving those in need within our community. We provide food, clothes, personal care items, household items, shoes, consulting, problem-solving assistance, medication assistance, cap and gown assistance, among other things we have distributed. Many people often don’t understand how hard and expensive it can be to obtain the bare necessities of life. Personal Care items and Shoes can sometimes be out of the budget for many and this lack of doesn’t only affect their health but also their self-esteem, their desire to move forward, and their need to have the drive to support themselves. For children, it is often worse, ridicule, judgment, and being bullied can have grave effects on their self-esteem, productivity and focus in school, or their desire to even continue to remain in school. Our projects offer these families the resources they need to make ends meet or stretch their current budget until other resources are obtained. We aim to take the pressure off to allow them to spend their limited resources on things such as food, medical care, and other family needs. In addition, during the course of our community outreach, we have seen a need for our military community to have reliable specialized childcare options that are not available on the island of Guam. There is a grave need for evening, holiday, and mission essential childcare services. We have decided to step up to the challenge to provide these services for our military community by creating Xokiahi Kids: The Child Care Center that Love Built, our 24hour childcare center. However, we cannot do it alone. We are in need of startup funds for obtaining a building which can safely accommodate 150 children. This childcare center will assist with providing safe childcare but it will also provide jobs, training, and a well-needed support system for those military parents who are in need of this type of childcare services. We are joining with Macy's Shop for A Cause to assist with raising funds to meet these challenges and YOU can help us. You can donate any amount that you can to provide shoes, clothes, personal care items, and start-up for our 24-Hour childcare center through our projects to our community. Please donate to help us continue (and even intensify) our impact and help our Childcare Center commitment become a reality! If you are unable to donate to our cause at this time, please consider starting a campaign on our behalf to assist us in raising the funds we need. Every little bit helps and you are the key to helping us get the word out.