Tyler Navarro Day food helps

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    Tyler Navarro helps Ayako Takahashi, a Yamaguchi University student at the Kauai Community College, with a bag of rice, Wednesday during the Tyler Navarro Day food delivery to the Salvation Army.

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    Allyson Casasola of the Kauai High School Key Club helps unload bags of rice for the Tyler Navarro Day food delivery to the Salvation Army.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Key Club members and Kiwanis Club of Kauai celebrate Tyler Navarro Day with a delivery of food and funds to Capt. Bill Simon of The Salvation Army, Lihue Corps, Wednesday afternoon. Shown are Tyler Navarro, Capt. Simon, Herschel Weiner, La‘i Viernes, Allyson Casaola, Aizen Yamashita, Dee Jay Tagudin, Ayako Takahashi, Dalson Cua, Steven Nishimura, and Cheryl Shintani.

LIHUE — The Key Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Kauai celebrated Tyler Navarro Day with a delivery of food and funds to The Salvation Army, Lihue Corps., Wednesday.

“This was started back when Tyler was in high school,” said Cheryl Shintani of the Kiwanis Club. “He was in the Key Club and taking care of the Mayor’s Aloha Garden, harvesting the vegetables to bring over to the Salvation Army for its Kokua Kitchen program.”

Navarro is now a Kiwanis Club member and continues the tradition of delivering food, including 10 frozen turkeys to the Salvation Army for its holiday distribution needs.

“We normally closed Wednesdays,” said Capt. Bill Simon. “But we’re here cleaning out the rooms in preparation for the holiday distributions, including toys, that takes place next week. We were lucky the deliveries came when it did.”

Navarro estimated the delivery at about 1,000 pounds of food supplemented by a $200 contribution from the Kiwanis Club of Kauai, and an additional $500 from Matson.

“The kids did the bulk of the food drive,” Navarro said. “They hosted a sleepover with the entry being cans of food. This date came so quickly, I’m glad the kids remembered. They had to tell me.”

The good deed being done at The Salvation Army, the Key Club members adjourned to Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall where they were to assist the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center with the group’s annual Christmas party for the clients.

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