The Hawaii Life Maui Team has been doing quarterly dinners at the homeless shelter in Wailuku, Ka Hale A Ke Ola, since November of 2014. Our team has provided dinners of chicken, veggies, rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy along with dessert (usually Kristina's Texas sheet cake) at the shelter since then. Sometimes I think we should change the menu, but it's such a hit that I'm told we should leave it the same.
This is a way we give to the community with very little money. It always amazes me that we can feed 60-70 people for under $150. We usually bring toiletries for the residents as well (Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.). I'm not even sure how we agreed to start this last year, but once we did the first one, it was easy to commit.
Tomorrow, 12/1, will be our first West Maui Shelter Dinner, feeding 40-50. We have committed to doing each shelter every other month, so we will do West Maui on the even months and Wailuku on the odd months. The menu will be the same and while that may seem mundane to us, the residents only get our menu when we come so it's wonderful to them.
We arrive at 4-4:30 and are pau by 7 (including us eating dinner too) so for less than $200 and 3 hours of time, we are making a difference. We bring the kids so that they can help out and learn the importance of reaching out and helping others. The clients are very appreciative as well. We are blessed that the Maui Team is great about participating. Some give money, some give time and both are needed to make this work.
Every island has a shelter (I think), so this is something that I would love to see expanded throughout the state. It's fun and rewarding and easy to do!
Mary K is also putting together holiday packages for the clients that will include toiletries as well as granola bars, juice or water and more in bags being decorated by Morgan Lee and her friends.