Two local organizations are teaming up to provide school supplies for students.
Helping Hands Hawaii and DTRIC Insurance Company are working together to assemble education kits for low-income and homeless students. Throughout July, DTRIC employees are donating items including backpacks, pencils, and crayons to support Helping Hands Hawaii’s Ready to Learn program.
“The light, you know the look in their eyes when they come and pick up a backpack, or they pick up crayons," said Maria Vuong, Helping Hands Hawaii’s Community Clearing House Supervisor. "Very simple, basic things. But you see their eyes light up when they come and pick up these things."
Helping Hands Hawaii assists more than 8,000 students each year. To get involved with the company’s mission, the public can drop-off school supplies at any American Savings Bank or at Helping Hands Hawaii’s location on 2100 North Nimitz Highway.