When most of us think of Hawaii, we likely think of a vacation paradise.
What you and many others may be unaware of is the high number of homeless children on the islands.
According to Project Hawaii, Inc., “In Hawaii, there are over 23,000 children living in substandard and homeless situations.”
These are children who were born into homelessness or forced into homelessness at no fault of their own.
Recently, our CEO was given the opportunity to tour Project Hawaii’s facility and learn more about their organization.
What he saw made him want to open his wallet right then and there, so we are making a $100,000 donation to Project Hawaii this year.
Project Hawaii, Inc. is different from other organizations that help the homeless. It does not enable people or reinforce cycles of homelessness.
It does just the opposite.
Project Hawaii strives to change the lives of children by providing a sense of stability through interactive programs, including educational summer camps, holiday events, school support, and educational training.
Additionally, the nonprofit provides monthly outreach support to assure that children are supplied with healthy meals, personal hygiene care, and emergency services.
This means teaching these children basic life skills so they can succeed in the future.
For example, many of these children live under blue tarps in hidden lanes off Hawaii’s beautiful beaches, without water or utilities.
They live in unlaundered sleeping bags and don’t even know how to brush their teeth because they’ve never had access to sinks with running water.
Project Hawaii provides services for more than 1,600 homeless children, and they are making a huge difference!
Their program has helped over 2,000 homeless children escape the cycle of homelessness and end the cycle within their own generation.
Moreover, Project Hawaii is having a tremendous impact on education.
Hawaii’s graduation rate is under 50%, with only 4% of homeless children graduating.
In the 15 years since Project Hawaii started, their program’s graduation rate has increased from 4% to 86%!
My Patriot Supply’s Past Giving
My Patriot Supply has donated over one million dollars in food and emergency supplies over the last couple of years.
In addition to donating food often to the Utah Food Pantry, we’ve made it a regular practice to help with national disaster relief efforts.
[Read More: My Patriot Supply stepped up to help!]
For example, we were happy to have donated to Hurricane Ian relief efforts to help families recover through Operation BBQ Relief, Team Rubicon, and Mercury One.
On the ground after a natural disaster like Hurricane Ian, Operation BBQ cooks and distributes thousands of lunches and dinners each day to hurricane/flooding victims and first responders. Patriot Pantry survival foods are part of the effort. Team Rubicon is providing relief support. Without your generosity and support, it wouldn’t have been possible.
According to Tallahassee news, “Operation BBQ Relief moved a station into Port Charlotte with 90,000 square feet of base camps, kitchens, dry tents, refrigerated trailers and 50 volunteers on site, said Danna Reed, the group’s head of government relations. The group has the capacity to distribute 50,000 hot meals a day. Workers distributed 27,000 meals since Friday, and, on Tuesday, distributed 25,000 meals.”
Team Rubicon is a nonprofit comprised of military veterans who have the skills and experience to deploy in emergency response teams.
Donations were also contributed to Mercury One. Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) charity that was founded in 2011 by media personality, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author Glenn Beck.
- Morrow shared this with us: “These orgs (and y'all) are making a difference here. Real people, real suffering, real help. Thank you! We are over a week into this thing and the government assets are still in SAR mode. The temporary bridges are being deployed to facilitate RESCUE operations now, recovery ops later. Helicopters and boats are slow and have limited air and sealift capacity to carry supplies and perform evacuations. Ground vehicle access is a game-changer. From what I have seen and heard, there are still THOUSANDS of victims sitting on their rubble piles and/or camping out in uninhabitable homes with no running water, no ice, no electricity, very little fuel, etc. In terms of damage, death, and recovery combined, Ian may be the worst hurricane ever to hit FL; and I thought Andrew was ‘the big one.’"
My Patriot Supply plans to continue supporting organizations like Project Hawaii moving forward. We hope you’ll join us in supporting those who can’t help themselves.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Preparedness Advisor, My Patriot Supply
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