Hearts of gold

LIHUE — Brian and Coleen Kasperek were lauded as the Kauai Volunteers of the Year for the American Red Cross on Monday.

“When we moved here, we just wanted to be part of the community,” said Coleen. “Here we are.”

The Kaspereks also serve as area coordinators for the AARP Tax-Aide program and Brian will serve as a site volunteer for the Republican Caucus on Kauai starting at 6 tonight.

“I just had my picture appear on the website of the newspaper,” Brian said. “The good thing about volunteering here is you don’t have to kill anyone to get your photo taken.”

The celebration of volunteerism was part of the American Red Cross observing March as American Red Cross Month and the Kaspereks were presented proclamations by Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. in honor of the observance.

“Red Cross volunteers on Kauai are on call 24/7, 365 days a year and respond to disasters on island,” Carvalho said. “They provide food, clothing, shelter, crisis counseling and emotional support to help victims get back on their feet following a tragedy. It is through the hard work and dedication of volunteers — especially Brian and Coleen Kasperek — that the American Red Cross is there when help is needed in our community.”

The diverse range of volunteerism is not limited to the Kaspereks, but extends to the group of representatives of the American Red Cross, Kauai Chapter, and its partnering agencies as Bob Robertson serves on the North Shore Lions Club as well as coordinating with Tommy Noyes of the Friends of Lydgate and Kamalani Playground on the upcoming Earth Day project.

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