More than 300 backpacks were collected this summer to help families at women's shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing on the Big Island.
The community effort was a collaboration between HOPE Services Hawaii (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry), From Kids For Kids, and the Hawaii Police Department that has been going on for the past five years. Police stations around the island helped out by serving as drop-off points.
In addition to backpacks people also gave school supplies. Contributions came from many people, organizations and businesses including Ikitagawa Company, parent company to Kamaʻaina Motors, Napa Auto Parts, Kamaʻaina Nissan and Kona Auto Center, HFS Federal Credit Union, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Hope Services Hawaii helps the homeless with a variety of services including outreach, transitional housing and help getting into permanent housing. From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies.
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