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Hawaii Police Department Backpack Drive Happening Now

Media Release:

Once again, the Hawai’i Police Department is proud to be a participant in a backpack drive to assist children less fortunate in these hard economic times. All police stations around the island will double as drop-off points between July and September for those interested in helping children in need.

Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawai’i. The donated backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities around the Big Island.

This is the third consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawai’i (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry) and From Kids For Kids in the collection and distribution of these items.

Hope Services Hawai’i provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies.

Police Chief Kubojiri again offers police stations as drop-off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate backpacks for the project. “I humbly ask those of you who have backpacks your child is no longer using to consider donating them to this worthy cause,” Kubojiri said. “I know that the continuing economic downturn across our nation affects all of us, but I also know that the aloha spirit is alive and well when it comes to opening our hearts and lending a helping hand.”

Police are Collecting Backpacks for Kids

Media Release:

All the police stations on the island of Hawai’i will double as drop-off points throughout August and September during a drive to collect used backpacks for children in need.

The backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities. Backpacks have been identified as the most-requested item for children’s charities in Hawai’i and elsewhere.

Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri offered police stations as drop-off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate backpacks for the project. “As we enter into the beginning of another school year, I humbly ask those of you who have usable backpacks your child has replaced and is no longer using to consider donating them to assist those less fortunate in our community,” the chief said. He added that the public may continue to drop off backpacks after the drive ends and police will pass them along to the appropriate nonprofit agencies.

The two principal organizations coordinating the backpack drive are the Office for Social Ministry and From Kids For Kids. Other agencies will also participate.

The Office for Social Ministry provides a continuum of homeless programs from outreach to emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing.

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch Keliihoomalu, then 10, to encourage kids to donate to each other.