Kokua Puna

Dated: 05/08/2018

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With all the eruptions that are happening in Leilani Estates area, I would encourage fellow family and friends to donate whatever you can.  There are a lot of families affected by this tragedy and as a community we should come together.  We all have friends that have families affected and people that we know that are affected, no matter where you go someone knows someone.  

There are areas set up for donation drop offs and I know individuals are going to be donating their time to drive over to assist.  I highly recommend going out there and finding out how you can help.  Here is some information on where you can help:

"AT&T has also activated their text-to-donate line. To donate via phone, text REDCROSS to 90999. That text will send $10 to the American Red Cross and their recovery efforts to assist residents impacted by the eruption and subsequent earthquakes.

The $10 donation will appear on your monthly phone bill.

Donations may also be made directly to the American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter by clicking here, or calling (808) 739-8109. 

Emergency Disaster Services and volunteers from the Salvation Army are requesting large-volume meal donations from local restaurants and certified kitchens to meal shelters beginning on Wednesday. Meal services are covered up until then.

To donate these large-volume meals, local restaurants and certified kitchens can contact the Salvation Army at 808-756-0306. People are asked to refrain from donating smaller home-cooked meals due to health concerns.

Donations of food and bottled water can be given to Food Basket, Hawaii Island's Foodbank at 40 Holomula Street in Hilo, and 73-4161 Uluwini Place in Kailua Kona. Those wishing to donate can also call the food bank at 808-933-6030.

Red Cross officials are managing two shelters that are currently housing over 260 residents. 

Shelters are located at the Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa, HI 96778) and the Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749). 

The Red Cross will also be deploying 40 Oahu volunteers to the Big Island on May 8 to assist with sheltering operations and health services. As of Monday, Red Cross volunteers were able to distribute 50 comfort relief kits. 

The Red Cross is also accepting non perishable food items, fresh fruit, canned goods, and disposable coffee cups. Those wishing to donate should note that the Red Cross can only accept these items."

Please go out there and help where you can.  Mahalo!

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Shenell Caldeira

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