National Day of Service helps homebound seniors

LIHUE — Twenty-six of Kauai’s kupuna will be receiving emergency supply bags, courtesy of the Kauai community and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Celia Melchor-Questin, Kauai RSVP director, gathered a group of RSVP volunteers to help pack the bags Thursday.

The supplies requested by the seniors were dropped off by the community to the RSVP office during a call for help as part of the RSVP Sept. 11 National Day of Service Project.

“We received requests from 26 seniors for the emergency supplies and we received enough contributions so we were able to fulfill those 26 requests,” Melchor-Questin said. “These are the most needy of the elderly homebound.”

 After the bags are packed, they will be delivered to the seniors by community service workers from the county’s Officer of Elderly Affairs.

The Kauai RSVP program, sponsored by the county’s Office of Elderly Affairs in 1973, provides volunteer opportunities for people 55 years and older to remain as active, contributing members of the community through volunteer involvement.

“Just because we’re old doesn’t mean we don’t have energy,” said Helen Fujimoto, one of the RSVP volunteers. “We’re still strong and we need to do things like this to remain strong.”

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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