HUGS is able to provide programs and services free of charge – to the families we serve – thanks to the support of our generous donors.

HUGS provides services at no cost to qualified families

Monthly and Emergency Respite

HUGS provides parents and caregivers the opportunity for much needed personal time away from the intense demands of caring for a seriously ill child. Free childcare is offered in a safe and supportive environment so that parents have time away to do whatever they wish. HUGS also offers emergency respite assessed on a case-by-case basis according to need and staffing.

Monthly Family Events

Monthly dinners allow parents time to relax, share information and provide support and fellowship to one another in a non-threatening, caring environment.

Peer Support Groups

Peer support gatherings provide a non-judgmental environment for specific peer groups. These fun, focused activities allow participants to freely share feelings while supporting one another within a group that understands the experiences and challenges they all face.

Hospital Outreach

HUGS staff and trained volunteers make regular visits to local hospitals to visit children and their families. As part of the outreach, HUGS offers:

  • Silver Lining Toy Chest – New toys and gift cards are given to children undergoing painful treatments such as a spinal tap or bone marrow aspirations.
  • Laughter Wagon – Trained volunteers engage children, teens and siblings with interactive games and activities that help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Airfare Assistance

Eligible families may receive emergency airfare assistance to transport family members when their child needs treatments or procedures that are not available in their own communities.

Sammy’s Keiki Aloha Fund

In partnership with the Hagar Family Foundation, HUGS provides a stipend to cover daily living expenses for neighbor island families whose child is hospitalized on Oahu.

Kokua Kupboard

Non-perishable food available to eligible families.

Funeral Assistance

HUGS provides financial assistance to families to help cover funeral expenses following the loss of their child.