Happy Camper for Friday, August 20, 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Allen Huber and Darnell Costales of the Hiehie mobile-shower program are planning on bringing along vision-screening kits because of the need, to The Salvation Army Hanapepe Corps Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    State Department of Education Yes Project’s Tessa Belardo, and Ho‘ola Lahui’s June Munoz are available for hot-lunch diners Wednesday at The Salvation Army Hanapepe Corps.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Salvation Army Lt. Amy Lewis checks on a 30-day clothing voucher Wednesday at the Hanapepe Corps thrift store.

“Help is help,” said a kupuna Wednesday during the lunchtime service hours at The Salvation Army Hanapepe Corps, where Lt. Amy Lewis was busy flitting between the thrift store, the outdoor lanai area where lunch diners were enjoying their to-go meals, and even stopping to chat with the Project Vision Hawai‘i Hiehie mobile shower personnel Allen Huber and Darnell Costales.

Lewis said Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for providing relief and assistance because the hot lunches brings the people in. From that point, she works on getting 30-day household and clothing vouchers distributed and keeping track of the free outfit people receive after utilizing the Hiehie mobile shower.

“It doesn’t matter if you are houseless or a kupuna,” the kupuna said. “If they offer help, say ‘thank you.’ Every little bit helps.”

On hand Wednesday also was Tessa Belardo, waiting on schools to let out to compile data on children and the houseless community for the state Department of Education Yes Project, where Belardo connects resources with children. June Munoz was busy with individual conferences with diners enjoying the semi-outdoor lanai wall as a place to have lunch.

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

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