Waikele church organizes school supply drive to help keiki in need

Helping kids go back to school on the right foot

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It’s no doubt there are many challenges heading into this school year, and for some families, buying school supplies is one of them. On this Mahalo Monday, HI Now wants to extend a thank you to organizations like Inspire Church that are reaching out to ensure that keiki in their community are able to start the school year off on the right foot.

“Title 1 are schools that majority of the time serve families or kids that are low income,” explains Ju Frigillana with Inspire Church.

Frigillana says that teachers at these schools were saying that sometimes the kids don’t even come with slippers, let alone their own school supplies.

“I think that’s what tugged at my heart when I initially began the back to school supply outreach,” she says. “I loved partnering with the schools and the teachers — just being able to provide things that they need for their education.”

Inspire Church put together over 400 backpacks, and over the years it has been able to provide thousands of backpacks for kids. In addition to providing teachers with much needed supplies for their classrooms, the church also gave hair cuts to kids.

“We did a drive-through because of what we’re going through with COVID19. The cars just lined up!” Frigillana adds. “When you give those backpacks to the kids… some of those kids faces, they’re like, ‘Wow! I get a brand new backpack?'”

Inspire Church has several outreaches run by its volunteers that meet the need of houseless communities and youth at risk programs like Kids Rock in Pupuole, Bake a Blessing, and Serve the City where it partners with the City and County to beautify parks and schools.

You can find more information on these programs and more about what Inspire Church is doing at inspirechurch.live/community.