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Community Donations Provide School Supplies for Homeless Keiki

August 19, 2020, 6:00 AM HST
* Updated August 18, 10:26 PM
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Courtesy of Project Hawaii, Inc.

More than 400 homeless children on the Big Island started the 2020-21 school year new backpacks, supplies and more with help from local nonprofit organizations.

Project Hawai‘i, Inc., a nonprofit that supports the needs of homeless keiki statewide, received a grant from Hawaii Community Foundation to provide the kids with new backpacks, school supplies, new outfits, shoes and school uniforms.

Although in-classroom instruction is on hold, these children will be fully prepared when they are able to go back safely, officials from Project Hawai‘i, Inc. stated in a press release Monday afternoon.

“One might not understand the feeling of being unprepared when a child is asked to take out a supply, or get a folder from their backpack or have the glue they need to complete a project in school,” the release stated. “One might know the feeling of being left out of sports or physical activity because they don’t have a pair of shoes. One might know the feeling of being shamed and laughed at because they wear a dirty shirt to school instead of a school uniform. Our children face this daily.”

Supplies were provided to students islandwide, with the majority of the children from Hilo to Volcano to Puna to Blacksands. There were a few dozen kids provided supplies in Ka‘ū and some up Hāmākua side. No deliveries were made in Kona.

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“Our children know what it feels like not to be enough,” Project Hawai‘i, Inc. stated. “Our children hold on to the hope of a better future because they know we are always there for them.”

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