Lehua Elementary 4th graders provide for Leeward homeless students


I received an e-mail this past Friday from Lehua Elementary School calling out for assistance from the Lehua Elementary ohana, which includes community supporters of the school, to help provide donated care package items for homeless students in the Leeward District.

Lehua Elementary School 4th graders are conducting a "Care Package Project" that provides for the homeless students with items such as: hygiene (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste), school supplies, small toys, snacks, and towels/washcloths.

I was touched by comments made and experiences shared in the forwarded e-mail that I received from a Lehua 4th grade teacher. Her firsthand experience of being at a homeless shelter and recognizing the overwhelming need to provide for so many homeless students and their families in our Leeward District, compelled me to make a care package donation to the school on Monday, which I did. It wasn't much, but I pray that it will brighten up the kids Christmas Day, and help to give them hope for a better future knowing that people care about them.

The Lehua Elementary School 4th grade class, and their supporters, serve as the bridge that connects the spirit of giving and compassion for life, with the hearts of those in need.

Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Lehua Elementary School administration staff members Melody Nauta (left) and Aude Bayiha (right)

are pictured standing behind a box of donated care package goods from  MyPearlCity.com that

was dropped off at the school on Monday, December 9, 2013. The donated items included:bath soap,

tooth paste, tooth brushes, wash cloths, and assorted snack packs.

Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]