KIFB gets community support with relief efforts

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    Miranda Thornhill of the Kaua‘i Quilt Show offers a free quilt block, Wednesday that, when returned, will become part of the 2022 charity quilt collection.

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    Shell jewelry maker Liliana Estep of Liliana Designs, a member of Kaua‘i Made, shows off the pieces whose sale benefitted the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, Friday during her appearance as a pop-up vendor at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Toni Wass and JoAnne Moniz discuss the ‘Many Hands’ silent auction donation quilt that was put together by Lesley Morris for the 2021 Kaua‘i Quilt Show that runs through Feb. 24 at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Kelvin Moniz of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, center, accepts a $1,000 gift from Joan Baganz, left, and Janice Bond, right, Wednesday morning while clients needing help with food wait outside the KIFB facility in Nawiliwili.

NAWILIWILI — “Many Hands” is not just the name of the 2021 Kaua‘i Quilt Show silent auction donation quilt that is on display at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.

The donation quilt, one of 62 submitted for the 2021 Kaua‘i Quilt Show, benefits one of 13 local nonprofit organizations, including the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, and groups of the purchaser’s choice. “Many Hands” is soliciting offers through Feb. 24 when the winning offer can designate the benefactor from the 13 nonprofit organizations, including Child and Family Service, Kaua‘i, the Kaua‘i Historical Society, the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, the Habitat for Humanity, Kaua‘i, Kaua‘i Hospice, the Kaua‘i Humane Society, Kaua‘i Museum, the Kaua‘i Toys for Tots, Kumu’s Cupboard – helping Kaua‘i teachers, the Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, the Waioli Corp., the Grove Farm Homestead and Mission House, the Wilcox Health Foundation (for new equipment), and the YWCA of Kaua‘i Women’s Shelter.

“Many Hands” demonstrates the aloha that Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank has been showered with as the quilt is made up of many of the free quilt blocks offered to attendees of the quilt show.

“The quilt blocks from from all over the world,” said Toni Wass, the chair of this year’s show. “People come to visit, take the quilt block home to finish, and return them to us. All of these blocks get put together to form next year’s collection of donation quilts.”

The Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank was recipient to a $1,000 award by Janice Bond and her friend Joan Baganz, Wednesday morning as clients needing assistance with food negotiated the remnants of a squall line that brought bouts of heavy rain and thunderstorms to the island, overnight.

Bond’s award represented proceeds from a multi-family garage sale hosted by Bond at her Ulu Ko residence that started Friday and ran through Monday afternoon.

“Please accept this on behalf of many Kaua‘i individuals,” Bond said. “These include the people who assisted with manpower, made contributions for the sale, and more. One thing customers at the garage sale expressed was how they appreciated the food bank and your assistance in the feeding of our community.”

Baganz added her personal comment.

“Thank you for delivering the fresh produce at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said. “That was so good.”

More help came through the mail.

“I just put a check in the mail,” said Liliana Estep of Liliana Designs. “I have more things to do, and I’ll send another check following this weekend’s sales.”

Liliana Designs was one of four pop-up vendors given the opportunity to vend at the Kukui Grove Center during the Valentine’s Day/Chinese New Year weekends. Among her offerings of shell jewelry, including many sunshine shells that are unique to Kaua‘i, Estep had select portions of her offering designated as benefiting the KIFB.

Kelvin Moniz, the KIFB executive director, said he remembers the check coming through.

“Yes, I remember that check,” he said. “It didn’t have any indication of what it was for. Now, I know. It’s these little things, like the suggestion from Gale Shigematsu of Kaua‘i Cookie Company that connected us to new items we can use for our food distribution for the King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School staff, teachers, and students’ families, Saturday. This takes many hands.”

The Kaua‘i Quilt Show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Feb. 24 at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center. Friday hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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

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