Outreach Project: Bags of Hope
This year is the Year of Mercy, a great time to help the homeless and elderly in our community. Saint Francis School in Manoa Valley began by collecting personal care items and bags and started filling them with towels, wash clothes, soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes, and shampoo. The project started on October 10, 2016 and was completed on December 9, 2016.
Donations started coming in first from Danajane Okudara (Assistant Director of Housekeeping for Hilton Hawaii Village), a parent of our eight grade student, Amanda. Boxes of towels, soap, lotions and shampoo were delivered to the school. Donations from all the students from Pre-k to 12 grade, families, staff and the Sisters of St. Francis, all part of our Saint Francis School Ohana, filled the computer classroom. Students wrote Letters to be included in the bags to their follow brothers and sisters.
The first two carloads of bags were delivered to St. Augustine by the Sea for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner open to anyone who wanted to come. The expected number of 80 persons was far exceeded, with 180 people expectantly eying the bags and expressing their wishes for “just the right one for them.” Needless to say, there was great joy as our Bags of Hope fulfilled their purpose, giving not only a bit of hope, but also delight to those who were present. Sister Cheryl Wint, a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities who works in the Pastoral Care Programs of St. Augustine, made sure that the Bags of Hope were given with much Aloha.
The next installments of donations were delivered to Family Promise of Hawaii. The program helps homeless families stay together. Families are in a safe environment until they are able to get back on their own. During the day, guests work, pursue employment, attend school, or enroll in job training. A Family Center provides access to phones, mail, fax, a copier, shower, and laundry facilities. Three to five families (up to 14 individuals) can be accommodated by each network at any given time. The program provides transportation to and from the host sites (Ms. Julian’s Church, Holy Trinity is one of the host sites) and the Family Center.
Another stop for donations went to IHS (The Institute for Human Services). This 24-hour emergency shelter is a support service for men and women. IHS provides housing, meals, showers, clothing, laundry and case management for the homeless.
THANK YOU ALL!!!!
HONOLULU—University of Hawai‘i women’s tennis head coach Jun Hernandez announced the signing of local standout, Taylor Lau for the 2018 Rainbow Wahine team.
Lau is a two-time state singles champion out of Saint Francis School in Honolulu, O‘ahu. The 5-5 Honolulu native won the state title as a freshman in 2014 and last year as a junior in 2016. Lau won the league singles championship as a sophomore and was the state runner-up that season. She was named St. Francis’ Ninth Grade Athlete of the Year in 2014 and last season earned the school’s 2016 Athlete of the Year award. Academically, Lau has excelled. She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta—National High School Mathematics Honor Society and the National Chinese Honor Society. She is also an accomplished song writer, singer and actress. Last year, she played Alice in St. Francis’ spring production of “Alice in Wonderland.”
“I’m really looking forward to having Taylor representing the University of Hawai‘i,” says Hernandez. “She will be a great addition to our program both on and off the court. Taylor is a great student and a two-time state champ. More importantly, Taylor is an extremely hard worker and a very nice young lady. She will definitely fit our team’s culture and it will be a pleasure working with her.”
February 3rd is National Letter of Intent for student athletes. Today Saint Francis School Senior Isaac Crichton, signed to Division II Western New Mexico University for Football as an outside linebacker. He plans on majoring in Business management. As a scholar athlete, he has been offered both academic and athletic scholarships from WNMU.