The Waimanalo Agriculture Association has helped out some of Hawaii’s keiki for the school year. The Association delivered several van and truck loads of school supplies to Waimanalo and Blanche Pope Elementary schools Wednesday.
Donors gave funds to purchase the supplies. About 30 donors participated, including horse ranchers, landscapers and farmers.
"They used to ask for donations for Christmas parade. We figure school supplies a little better than candy to the kids. So, this year [has] been a kind of record year,” said Clifford Migita of the Waimanalo Agriculture Association. “We collected almost $8,000. We distribute between the two schools in Waimanalo, Blanche Pope and Waimanalo Elementary.”
By far, the most requested item was slippers. They donated over 1,500 pairs of slippers along with composition books, crayons, and other school supplies.
Organizers say it makes them feel good to know the kids are getting the tools they need to succeed.