LIHUE — Students in The Salvation Army Lihue Corps met a lot of The Salvation Army friends during their after-school session Thursday.
Following a visit by the Kauai Fire Department, Capt. Bill Simon pointed out another friend who was sitting among the students.
Kurt Bosshard, a Lihue attorney and owner of Kapaa Solar LLC, fished out a check from his briefcase and presented $2,000 to Simon for The Salvation Army’s youth program.
“Look at them,” Bosshard said. “A lot of them are from Micronesia and other areas in the Pacific and have nowhere to go. The Salvation Army has done a great job of taking them in and tending to them after school. And they don’t get enough help doing this.”
Bosshard said the “small” donation is from his company.
“Words can’t express how thankful and honored we are to be the recipient of your generous gift,” Simon said. “With the money you have given to our youth program, we are able to feed (them) and get supplies for our weekly program.”
Simon said since the start of The Salvation Army Homework Club, enrollment has grown from about 15 students to where 35 to 60 kids come in after school ends, many catching a special bus that visits Lihue and Hanamaulu schools.
On arrival to the Hardy Street facility, students are given some time to unwind and familiarize themselves with other students.
This is followed by physical activity that usually involves a sporting event before students settle down to get their homework completed.
“We try and serve them dinner before their parents come and pick them up,” Simon said. “Mr. Bosshard’s gift allows us to do that.”