We asked, you answered.
In a quest to share the good, The Garden Island reached out to readers to ask them if they’d be willing to offer up some tales of aloha. More than a few people called or emailed to tell us about a goodhearted encounter they experienced out there.
One person left a message to tell us about Jessica, who loves dogs and came across three hunting puppies that were left on the side of the road near Lumihi Beach.
She stopped and picked up the dogs, bathed them, gave them a place to sleep, then took them to a vet for examinations and shots and is now trying to find homes for them.
“She’s really a wonderful, caring person,” the caller said.
w Marian Head described when a couple of patient fellas lent their time and car knowledge, though she didn’t know either of the boys from Adam.
Marian’s car battery had died right outside of Costco. The store sold car batteries, but didn’t install them. The men were loading their pickup next to her car and when she asked if they knew how to install one, they said they did.
Marian hurried into the store to buy the battery and the line … seemed … to … take … forever.
“Certainly by the time I was finished purchasing the battery, the men would have loaded their groceries and been on their way,” she wrote. “I imagined all the frozen food they may have put into the open cab under the sun’s hot rays.”
But the 20-somethings, Joey and George, were still there when she came out. The guys wired up the battery, gave her useful advice on how to keep it working effectively, and declined a $20 tip.
“I almost cried,” the Kapaa woman said.
w And how about Kauai Bible Church in Omao? They did their monthly service to the underserved community on the island last Sunday at Salt Pond. The church provided food, clothing, encouragement, prayer support and other essentials like shampoo and deodorant for those who need it. They raffle off shopping carts full of food, and give away bicycles each time. Many of the attendees are homeless or formerly homeless in need of tangible community support.
“During the collection, rather than pass a plate or collection basket, KBC actually gives back to those in attendance by providing a $2 bill,” Randy Kozerski wrote.
w In Hanalei, meanwhile, they’re paying it forward.
Which is spreading.
San Henliine filled us in.
There is a juice bar out in Hanalei that has a pass it forward board. Anyone who wants to pass it can put what they want to pass – the next juice, smoothy, whatever, and pay for it so the next person gets the benefit of their kindness.
The juice bar in Kukuiula Market was so impressed with this idea, they are going to start it there, too.
“Pretty cool, eh?” San wrote.
Thanks readers, and remember to keep the good stories coming.
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