Give Amfac familiesm all the help we can

When I turned on the television on Sept. 15 for the evening news and was

informed that the Amfac sugar plantation was closing its operations, affecting

at least 420 families, I was greatly saddened for the families and their

children. I can only begin to imagine what’s going on in the minds of the

fathers and mothers as they deal with the news, as my dad, who was the only

breadwinner, was terminated from the plantation in years past because of what

Amfac is going through and doing at this time. I didn’t realize at that time,

because he hid it from me as best he could along with mom, all the questions

that a father asks: “How am I going to feed my family?” “How do we make all the

financial payments?” “What happens if our children get sick?” All of the what

ifs, how, where can I find another job and what will I do? All of the fears of

being a good father.

I look back now and it wasn’t easy. There’s a deep

sense of feeling by myself for all the families who are affected. I can feel

tears welling up in my eyes as I sit in prayer.

I have confidence that the

state, under Governor Cayetano, our county under Mayor Kusaka, our state

senators (Chun and Chumbley) and our state representatives (Morita, Kanoho and

Kawakami) and our County Council will take action for our families and the

families of Kaua’i.

What about the children and young persons? How does

news like this affect their family, affect their schooling and them? What can

the schools do to provide positive support and understanding for them? What can

we as a community do to support the children and their families? What will I do

as one individual?

I will begin by turning to our Lord in prayer daily for

all the families and their children, and ask my wife, son and our church to

join me.

I will also begin by writing this letter of appeal to our

governor, our mayor, our state senators and our state representatives, and our

council for action to minimize the trauma of being unemployed. This is a

community problem affecting our brothers and sisters. Would you join me in

prayer and appeal for action by our officials? Can we reach out to the families

when we see a need?

Our beloved Mother Theresa once said, “We can do no

great things, only small things with great love.” May her words be our

guide.

SHERWOOD HARA

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