Big Island Summer Jam to host keiki displaced by eruptions

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 54th annual Big Island Summer Jam is just a month away and organizers are seeking public help to make it special for keiki displaced by the ongoing eruptions in lower Puna.

"We're worried about our children in the community," said Hannah Preston-Pita, chief executive officer of the Big Island Substance Abuse Council, or BISAC.

On July 28th, families will be bussed from evacuation shelters to Edith Kanakaole Stadium to enjoy the free entertainment including keiki rides, food and other activities.

Preston-Pita says her organization wants to make sure those kids don't go home empty handed.

"We would love to distribute therapy kits," Preston-Pita said. "So any toiletry items. All brand new we're asking for. Backpacks, blankets are great, coloring books, stuffed animals, notebooks."

Those who wish to can donate call 808-969-9994, or go to BISAC's website.

Last month, the organization was able to distribute close to 200 therapy kits at a keiki fun day event at the Pahoa evacuation shelter. More than 700 people attended the event.

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