Our First grant: Dream Box

“The purpose of my DREAM BOX idea is to make homeless kids happy so when they are lonely they can go to their DREAM BOX and find everything they want to do.”   

                - Grace

Friday, April 13, 2012

We are so excited to announce our first grant winner!  Grace Furuta came up with an awesome idea: Dream Boxes for Homeless Kids.  The concept is to create 40 boxes filled with art supplies like glue, markers, crayons, scissors, cray-pas, colored pencils and paper, costing $20 per box.  These Dream Boxes will be distributed with the help of an art teacher, for whom Grace budgeted $200, to the following homeless shelters: Kaka’ako Next Step, Pai’olu Kaiaulu, Onelau’ena and Onemalu.  The quote from Grace’s proposal that nudged her idea over the edge might be, “The purpose of my DREAM BOX idea is to make homeless kids happy so when they are lonely they can go to their DREAM BOX and find everything they want to do.”  Grace heard about the Awesome Foundation on the radio while she was with her mom.  They discussed the idea and the concept and Grace proposed her idea to her mom, who typed up Grace’s idea on our website.  Grace is 6 years old.  Yes, 6 years old.  We, the Trustees, were inspired to have a child as our first grant winner.  We hope it encourages everyone to believe that each and every one of us, no matter our age or situation, has the capacity to create change if we only act upon our ideas.  We will be updating you all on Grace’s project.  She and her mom hope the Dream Boxes will be such a hit that eventually sponsors will step up to expand the idea.

Keri Shepherd and Andi Fujii surprised Grace at her school assembly with the news that she was the first official winner of the Awesome Foundation Oahu Grant.  Congratulations Grace!