Online giant Amazon donates relief kits to lava evacuees

By Kimi Andrew
HNN Summer Intern

Amazon is partnering with the Hawaii Foodbank to send hygiene kits to Big Island residents affected by ongoing eruptions in lower Puna.

The online giant donated 477 kits that included toiletries like shampoo, baby wipes, toothpaste and a short note from Amazon.

"It was a tailor-made kit," said Teri Luna, director of Product Resourcing with the Hawaii Foodbank. "They've never done this before. They've always had ready-made kits ready to go. But they sat down and asked us what they wanted, or what we would want in a kit."

The Foodbank received them at its warehouse on Monday and Young Brothers will shipped them to Hilo on Tuesday.

The kits are expected to be on the Big Island and available for volcano victims by the end of the week.

The Hawaii Foodbank is working with Amazon to send even more items to the Big Island in the near future.

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