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Habitat Unveils ‘Dream Rooms’ for Children

November 7, 2017, 3:30 PM HST
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The Target Dream Rooms Project was finally unveiled to 14 children from 10 partner families whose homes were built during the 2017 Blitz Build on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Kailua-Kona. Target and local volunteers have been working to furnish and decorate the rooms since October.

The rooms were a special side-project of the 2017 Blitz Build. The 14 children were asked to draw what their “Dream Bedroom” would look like in their new home, and with the help of a $20,000 Target grant, styling by local staging business Mahalo Hale and donations from local groups, businesses and individuals, Habitat for Humanity was able to make those dreams come true.

Bullseye the Dog, Target’s mascot, led each of the kids to their new rooms on Saturday morning. Volunteers, donors and local businesses that helped with the project were also there to share in the celebration.

Margo Takata, family services coordinator with Habitat for Humanity Hawaiʻi Island and head of the project, was thrilled with the results.

“It’s all about that moment when they see their new room for the first time. It’s so beautiful,” said Takata. “Target and our volunteers did such a great job with setting up the rooms! It was a lot of hard work and you know the kids are so grateful.”

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Habitat for Humanity Hawaiʻi Island completed 10 homes in 10 days in September and is currently working on two homes in Waikoloa.

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To find out how to donate and get involved with Habitat, visit www.habitathawaiiisland.org.

About Habitat for Humanity Hawaiʻi Island

Habitat for Humanity Hawaiʻi Island is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, non-profit housing organization. Habitat Hawaiʻi Island works with low-income families to help them build a safe, decent, and affordable place that they can call home. Habitat Hawaiʻi Island is volunteer driven, and relies on donations to help our partner families. To date, Habitat Hawaiʻi Island has completed 46 news homes, 36 critical home repairs and 24 Neighborhood Revitalization Projects.

Mike Gustafson, Kona Target Store Team Leader with the Target members that helped with the Habitat for Humanity “Dream Rooms.” Courtesy photo.

A Habitat for Humanity room styled by Valerie Delahaye-Ippolito of Mahalo Hale. Courtesy photo.

Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build Homeowner Jennifer Brown with her two sons, Levi and Rise, in their new room. Courtesy photo.

Kamalei and Koamalu Dehmer see their new Habitat for Humanity room for the first time. Courtesy photo.

Kamaile Pelekane in her new Habitat for Humanity “Dream Room.”

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