Wal-Mart donates survival kits

Some 50 survival kits containing mops, buckets, brooms, Pine-Sol, bleach, tarps and bottled water rolled out of the Lihu‘e Wal-Mart store yesterday afternoon, bound for flood victims in Kilauea.

The American Red Cross’ small pickup truck was loaded by Wal-Mart associates including Assistant Manager Elene Tomita, Assistant Manager Sara Almeida, Scott Remigio, James Flores, Kim Momohara, Jeannie Pablo, Ryan Viloria and Terry Maximo.

In addition to Alfred Darling, executive director of the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter Kaua‘i branch, volunteers Mike Kano and Tad Miura Jr. were on hand to accept, load and deliver the donations.

Wal-Mart Hawaii leaders donated approximately $2,000 worth of bottled water, clean-up kits (including brooms, mops, buckets, sponges and cleaning solutions), bleach and tarps, they said in a press release.

This is in addition to their contribution after the Windward O‘ahu floods.

“We’re concerned about the residents in these areas, and wanted to quickly assist them in their recovery efforts,” said Janie Whitehead, Kaua‘i Wal-Mart store manager.

“We hope our efforts will encourage others in the community to step forward and offer assistance as well.”

“Wal-Mart’s generosity and compassion extend to those affected throughout the state,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter.

“Upon hearing of Kaua‘i’s situation, they came forward without hesitation to help the community on that island,” said Matayoshi.

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