Aloha United Way collects donations for Big Island relief

By Ashley Moser
Published On: Aug 15 2014 08:43:24 PM HST
Updated On: Aug 15 2014 08:59:08 PM HST

How the Aloha United Way is catering to specific needs of Big Island residents.

HILO, Hawaii -

Thousands are still without power on the Big Island as local and federal agencies continue to provide them with water, food and essential supplies.

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"What we are trying to do is help folks rebuild their lives," said Norm Baker of the Aloha United Way.

Now the Aloha United Way, one of the agencies supporting the relief efforts, is turning their attention to the second phase families go through after a disaster: recovery.

"The resources needed to help feed people are changing drastically as we move from relief to recovery," said Baker.

Groups have canvassed the hard hit areas to find homes destroyed and dozens with some degree of damage. They say the needs of each of the families differ.

"They said what they really need is new chains for the chainsaw. It really is not what you would think," said Baker.

Aloha United Way officials say because of the case-by-case needs, they have set up an online donation site to accept any amount.

"Cash by far is the most important need right now because it will enable us to tailor our response to each of the families," said Baker.

Monetary donations will for the families who continue to rebuild.

The Aloha United Way will send the donations to the Big Island each week.

Click here to donate to the Aloha United Way.

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