Volunteers in Wahiawa spent Saturday morning helping the homeless in their community.
About 30 volunteers went to the Kartson Thot Bridge and the Wilson Bridge in Wahiawa, and also went to a homeless encampment in Mililani to offer food, donate clothing and shared information about getting into housing.
The group reached out to approximately 50 homeless people, including some who recently were asked to leave the OHA property in Wahiawa.
“We encountered a few people that were on the OHA properties that were evicted this past Wednesday, so basically those people that were up there, the lands went down towards the water,” said Joseph Acosta, the Executive Director of Alea Bridge, a non-profit organization aimed at helping homeless in Wahiawa.
Volunteers, many of them children, made sandwiches at the Dots Wahiawa restaurant kitchen.
Besides food, donated items included personal hygiene products, mini first aid kits, clothing, shoes and dog food.
Participants also came from the ECOS Project, Wahiawa Baptist, Oahu Church of Christ, Wahiawa Community Church, the U.S. Army/Schofield Barracks, the Aloha Medical Mission, New Hope Central, Inspire Church, Project Vision and PHOCUSED.
Next week, approximately a hundred volunteers are expected to meet at the Karston Thot Bridge starting at 8 a.m. to remove garbage and clean up the lake. Their goal is not to displace people living there, but to make sure they know about social services available to them.
The Wahiawa Community Based Development Organization is sponsoring the clean up. Matson Hawaii, through its Ka Ipu Aina program, is providing a container and will haul away the collected trash.