Volunteers gather donations for troops

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteers from left Grace Delos Reyes, Caroline Okasako and Avis Hirahara chat with a Safeway Hokulei Village shopper Friday during the National Day of Service and Remembrance collection. Volunteers will be on hand Friday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the store to collect funds benefiting Hawaii National Guard troops of Kauai.

LIHUE — Volunteers from the Kauai Retired and Senior Volunteer Program chatted with shoppers while manning a collection table Friday at the Safeway store in Hokulei Village.

“This is the only place we’ll have volunteers,” said Donna Olivas Kaohi, the Kauai RSVP director.

They’ll be at the table one last time Friday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The collection is being done as part of the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Rememberance, to remember the tragedy that took place in New York, said Olivas Kaohi. The National Day of Service and Rememberance encourages volunteering on Sept. 11 as a tribute to victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the terrorist attacks.

“This is not the first time we’re doing this National Day of Service collection,” said Grace Delos Reyes of the county’s Office of Elderly Affairs. “In past collections, we’ve benefited other groups such as the Friends of the Kauai Fire Department. This year, we will help the Hawaii National Guard, the troops of Kauai. The actual day we’re supposed to collect is Sept. 11, but we are allowed some flexibility.”

Contributions may also be dropped off with the RSVP office located in the Agency on Elderly Affairs, in the Lihue Civic Center’s Pi‘ikoi Building, until Aug. 30.

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

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