State Farm donates $10K to relief effort

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    State Farm Insurance agents Darrellyn Lemke, Tiffany Naumu and Mike Martinez, from left, present a check to Kelvin Moniz and Rowena Cobb of the Kauai Independent Food Bank Friday afternoon. The agents’ contributions will be matched by the State Farm Foundation.

LIHUE — State Farm Insurance agent Darrellyn Lemke said when the rains created problems on Kauai, she contacted all of the State Farm agents. There are more than 80 of them in the state.

The result is that many of them contributed toward the disaster relief and recovery, Lemke said.

Additionally, the amount contributed by the Hawaii agents will be matched by the State Farm Foundation.

Friday afternoon, Lemke overcame traffic problems in Kapaa to present Kelvin Moniz and Rowena Cobb of the Kauai Independent Food Bank a check for more than $5,000.

“The total contribution came to more than $5,000 because we received several contributions after the check was printed,” Lemke said. “With the matching funds from the State Farm Foundation, the total amounts to more than $10,000.”

Moniz said the funds will be put to good use as KIFB continues to work with official agencies in trying to rebuild families’ lives that were impacted by the record-breaking rains in April.

“This is going to be a long process,” Moniz said. “As we speak, there are Lions Eric Nordmeier and Sandra Sterker walking door-to-door to assess people’s needs. This effort combines with the lists we receive from the Kauai Emergency Management (Agency) offices and other agencies.”

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