Lending a helping hand to kupuna, quarantined individuals and families in need
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During these challenging times, kokua and aloha are two things people need now more than ever. Luckily, a local nonprofit organization is helping the community by providing a delivery service for those who need it most during this pandemic. HI Now Guest Host Kainoa Carlson is chatting with Gregory Kim, co-founder of Help is on the Way, to talk about the services offered.
Help Is On The Way is a Hawaii nonprofit corporation that was formed to provide deliveries to those who should stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization has hundreds of volunteers who are ready to deliver items around the island of Oahu and are in discussions with people from other islands to start delivery services there.
“We’re a grassroots organization, people that want to get out and help people stay home,” Kim explains. “There’s a lot of people out and about, we’re trying to help them stay home. We’re gonna go pick up their food, pick up their groceries, their medicine, whatever they need and allow them to stay safely at home.”
Kim explains that he wanted to do something to help after seeing posts on social media about kupuna who were going out in order to prepare for this crisis alone. He started getting the word out about the Help is on the Way delivery service on Facebook, and in a week it grew from seven volunteers to over 200 people signed up and ready to drive.
“It is so easy. All we do is put in the order for Foodland or Safeway or wherever, and they tell you when it will be ready to pick up,” says Jeannie Ferrier. “They pick it up and it’s delivered. They’re almost all now my friends.”
Kim says the organization wants to help everyone and anyone in need.
“You don’t have to be a senior citizen to ask for help. That could be healthcare workers, people quarantined, people with young kids or grandparents.”
To place your delivery request, just fill out the form at hihelpisontheway.org
Phone: (406) 426-1013
For more information: hihelpisontheway.org