The people of Molokai will be receiving a gift of almost 23 tons of food and other goods and services on Saturday courtesy of the faith-based organization Convoy of Hope.
Called “Hawaii’s Day of Compassion,” the event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Kaunakakai Ballfield. Food, along with thousands of pairs of children’s shoes, socks, backpacks with school supplies and clothing will be distributed to those in need.
Services being offered include medical and dental screenings, job fairs, haircuts, manicures, family portraits, computer giveaways, entertainment, games, rides and activities. This will all be free of charge.
“We have the blessed opportunity to put two bags of groceries in every home on the island of Molokai on Saturday. We will have more shoes than kids, and they are all brand new,” said Bulla Eastman, Convoy of Hope Hawaii Media Director. “The need is so great on Molokai … People need to know that even when things seem hopeless, there is still hope,” he added.
Local pastor Cameron Hiro has been working as the site coordinator on Molokai helping to put this event together. “This is a partnership between churches, businesses, organizations … There’s no label when someone is in need of help. Molokai (may be) poor in a sense that there’s not economical opportunities, but we are in no way poor when it comes to the main thing of loving each other,” Hiro said.
Eastman has estimated that the event will help 3,500 local residents, making it “the largest humanitarian effort in the history of Molokai,” he said.
Approximately 2,000 volunteers from over 45 churches, local businesses, agencies and community organizations will come together for this event. Molokai has the highest rate of unemployment and other social challenges and there are many families who have never needed help before, according to a Convoy of Hope news release.
Convoy of Hope will do the same event at two locations on Oahu and hopes to serve 20,000 additional people at Aloha Stadium and Kapolei Fairgrounds sites, beginning at 10 a.m. July 27. Combined, the two events will distribute about $1 million worth of goods, with 23 tons of food on Molokai and 45 tons on Oahu, said Eastman.
Sponsors of the event include First Assembly of God, Paul Mitchell Schools, Young Brothers, Matson and G4S.