Boys & Girls Club gives thanks

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tina Albao of the Boys & Girls Club gets help from Boys & Girls Club Lihu‘e member Akira Balubar in delivering a Thanksgiving meal to a family Friday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club Lihu‘e Clubhouse.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Boys & Girls Club parent Clover Wellington reacts Friday as Luna is interested in the bag of potatoes Wellington received in addition to the Thanksgiving meal, at the Boys & Girls Club Lihu‘e Clubhouse.

Tina Albao, the Boys &Girls Club Kaua‘i director of operations and development, said the Kaua‘i Boys &Girls Club has a lot to be grateful and thankful for.

Albao was joined by the middle-school-aged members in distributing Thanksgiving meals to club members’ families Friday afternoon.

“The Gratitude of Giving Group of the North Shore made a pledge to supply 150 members with family meals for Thanksgiving. The group made up of Kaua‘i ‘ohana decided they wanted to teach their own children the importance of giving back to others, and selected the Boys &Girls Club as beneficiaries,” she said.

”What better time of year than Thanksgiving, and there’s no one better than our parents who work really hard to provide the best for their children.”

Albao said the Gratitude of Giving Group is also committed to making this an annual celebration.

The meals were prepared and delivered by Duke’s Canoe Club and Keoki’s Paradise. The crew at Duke’s provided the Boys &Girls Club Kapa‘a Clubhouse with 50 meals and the Boys &Girls Club Lihu‘e Clubhouse with 53 meals that included ham or chicken, fresh salad, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and dessert.

Keoki’s Paradise delivered 37 meals to the Boys &Girls Club West Kaua‘i Clubhouse that Wednesday moved into its new quarters in the Easter Seals building.

“Wednesday was our first day in our new space after moving from the Technology Center to the Easter Seals building,” Albao said.

“First off, the Club at Kukui‘ula Community Fund made a generous donation to support the West Kaua‘i keiki in their new home after Richard Albrecht came to visit our Lihu‘e site a few months ago,” she said.

”The fund pledged support for Kaua‘i’s keiki from Lihu‘e to West Kaua‘i. The Boys &Girls Club Hawai‘i West Kaua‘i is dedicating the art room in their honor. Once we have finished our unpacking and decor, we will open for an open-house night so everyone can see the new space.”

Additionally, Garden Isle Courier, owned by Boys &Girls Club Lihu‘e member parents, supported the move by taking the West Kaua‘i club’s belongings in two separate trips.

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