Letters for Sunday, November 26, 2017

Compassion goes a long ways

Now the Haitians. Another non-white group has overstayed its welcome in Trump’s America.

We won’t help the millions of refugees already in the world. But we don’t shrink from creating more.

Is this part of being “Great”?

I’d be a lot more proud of us if we were compassionate.

Jed Somit, Kapaa

Thankful for all the help

The St. Catherine Food Pantry in Kapaa is thankful for all the support we receive. The pantry is almost 8 years old and distributes food to an average 375 people (125 are children) once a week at the beaches in Kapaa or at the church on Wednesday. All the clients are thankful for the sharing.

This ministry could not exist without the help of so many. We get 90 percent of our food from the Hawaii Food Bank in Puhi. We get an average 3,000 lbs of food a week at discounted pricing and many items for free. Cost-u-Less in Kapaa also gives us many free or discounted items. Kapaa Banana also has partnered with us to provide fresh fruits to our clients at an affordable price.

The Kauai Humane Society provides free pet food once a month to help clients keep their pets at home and helped spay and neuter 50 animals with their mobile van. Their second hand shop, Blooming Tails, also supplies free clothing, blankets and jackets.

We are thankful for the 40-plus volunteers that collectively put in 90 hours a week in support of this ministry. June Munoz of Hoola Lahui Hawaii has attended our distribution for years to help clients with medical and dental services. She has also helped coordinate other health care provider services like the Wilcox nurses who come and provide free flu shots and blood pressure checks.

This ministry could not succeed without the financial support we receive from the United Way, Friends of Hawaii, Atherton Foundation and the parishioners and school children of St. Catherine Catholic Church.

A big mahalo to everyone for supporting all the food pantries on our island and helping the less fortunate ohana of our community.

Mark Whitson, St. Catherine Food Pantry Operations Manager

  1. Sunrise_blue November 26, 2017 2:08 pm Reply

    That is a good saying. Compassionate.

    “But I grew up on the island and I’m from the westside of the island.”

    In life…!

  2. randy kansas November 27, 2017 5:26 am Reply

    the writer of the first story, should read the story below theirs; if we want to be compassionate, then why not volunteer to help the writers of the second story;

    charity begins at home and we do not need any immigrants or refugees, from any country, draining our resources…. red, brown, black, purple or white, until we can take care of our own;

  3. Pete Antonson November 27, 2017 2:32 pm Reply

    Well, Randy Kansas has a dadgummed justification for banning immigrants and refugees. It sure isn’t based on US History of how immigrants and refugees built this country and made it great in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries! This, despite occasional conservative victories like The Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1942). It is not a moral justification and can be filed right under the lifelong, futile quest of conservatives to also find a moral justification for their own monetary selfishness!

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