HCAP Weekly November 27, 2017

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Leeward District Service Center Distributes Linens to Homeless Families
HCAP Youth Services Students Assemble a Giving Tree
Head Start Children Participate in #GivingTuesday
Kalihi STEM Students Get into the #GivingTuesday Spirit
Kumuhonua Residents Celebrate Thanksgiving at 19th Annual Ko Olina Outreach
Kalihi Kupuna Give Thanks


Leeward District Service Center Distributes Linens to Homeless Families

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On #GivingTuesday, the Leeward District Service Center staff and Marriott Ko’Olina Beach Club Bell Team joined forces to distribute 500 pillows and pillowcases and 1,000 sheets to homeless families living in Makaha and Nanakuli. The bell team collected linens that would have otherwise been discarded, sold to employees, or donated to an agency. The bell team also made a donation to the housekeeping department for the Marriott Ko’Olina’s annual Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser in exchange for the items. To deliver all of the linens to the families in need, the Leeward District Service Center staff and the bell team used their personal vehicles, three trucks, one SUV, and one flatbed truck. Leeward District Service Center would like to thank the Marriott Ko’Olina Beach Club Bell Team, especially Sai V. Timoteo, for their leadership, outreach, and support; the linen distribution would not have been possible without their involvement.


HCAP Youth Services Students Assemble a Giving Tree

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For #GivingTuesday, HCAP Youth Services students assembled a Giving Tree. Each student was given three leaves; they had to write a) what they were thankful for, b) why the act of giving is important, and c) what they can do to give back to the community. Many students were grateful for their families, having a roof over their head, and having people who believe in them. Acknowledging that there were others who were less fortunate than them, some students reflected on the importance of empathy. The class had different ideas on how to give back to the community; some suggested investing time in cleaning up the community and giving money to the homeless, while others talked about donating to the poor in the developing world.


Head Start Children Participate in Giving Tuesday

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For #GivingTuesday, HCAP Head Start children from various classrooms made books to give to community agencies that support Head Start families.

The children of Ewa I and Ewa II Head Start created picture books and presented their books to school cafeteria workers. The children were asked to draw pictures of what and why they were thankful for the cafeteria workers. Many drew their favorite cafeteria meals served to them during breakfast and lunch. They presented their picture book to the cafeteria workers.

The children from Waimanalo Pre Plus Head Start made picture books for the participants of the Foster Grandparent Program. The children compiled a book full of individual drawings as a way of showing their love and appreciation for Grandma Pua and Grandma Geri.

The children at Pope Head Start made a picture book for the firefighters at the Waimanalo Fire Department. In each submission, the children explained about why they were thankful for firefighters and decorated their drawings with colored hand prints. The picture book contains a special poem in the beginning.


Kalihi STEM Students Get into the #GivingTuesday Spirit

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This past Tuesday, the students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program’s Kalihi STEM Exploration Center learned about philanthropy and good morals. This lesson was meant to get students into the spirit of #GivingTuesday!

The kids were introduced to the concept of community service and learned that community service is more than just cleaning up in the community. It’s a way to give back to the community and provide a helping hand to those in need. The challenge for the children was to think of ways they can give back to the community and what sort of invention they can think of to make that task easier.

The children were given the opportunity to be creative; they thought of all sorts of inventions such as: giving garbage trucks a crane hand to pick up trash on the streets; machines that could plant more trees into the ground; and donation boxes on the street that anyone can access. The hope of this lesson was to inspire children to use what they learn from STEM not only for their benefit, but for the community’s as well.


Kumuhonua Residents Celebrate Thanksgiving at 19th Annual Ko Olina Outreach

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On Saturday, November 18th, Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center residents were treated to an early Thanksgiving dinner. They attended the 19th Annual Ko Olina Thanksgiving Outreach, where they were served traditional holiday fixings like turkey and gravy, potatoes, stuffing and pie. The event was made possible by the staff at Ko Olina Resort. More than 100 resort employees and residents assembled and served over 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to the homeless and needy in the community. Congregations from Waianae, Maili, Nanakuli, Kapolei, Ewa Beach, Waipahu and Pearl City also volunteered their services.


Kalihi Kupuna Give Thanks

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The kupuna have been enjoying various workshops and activities at Kalihi-Palama District Service Center‘s Kupuna Independent Life Series held at Lanakila Health Center. Recently, the kupuna received Thanksgiving cards from the children at Aiea Head Start. In addition, some seniors created #UNselfies in celebration of #GivingTuesday; they wrote on their #UNselfies on why they give. They also presented cards to the staff at Lanakila Health Center, including Program Coordinator Suzanne Chun Oakland, to thank them for their support.