Oahu business chips in, donations still needed for Big Island relief

With power out and homes damaged, much is still needed on Hawaii Island.

Hawaii County Civil Defense says it still needs more supplies after Iselle left many homeless and thousands without power.

Organizations like the American Red Cross and United Way continue to help, but they can only do so much.

“We have not seen an update in donations so far,” said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO, American Red Cross Pacific Region.

The American Red Cross is hoping donations will pick up. For now though, officials say retail stores have helped by donating everything from food and water to gasoline.

One local business owner says more people could help and that it doesn’t take much. That’s why he’s stepping in as well.

“They lost their perishables and so with that, we’re sending out 2,000 something dozen eggs. We’re sending out several hundred loafs of bread,” said Chad Buck, owner, Hawaii Food Service Alliance.

“Chad Buck is paying it forward and what we’re hoping is going to happen is other business people and other non-profits get on board and join,” said state Rep. John Mizuno, Vice Speaker.

Aloha United Way is working with Hawaii Foodbank and Helping Hands Hawaii. Both organizations will be focusing in on raising donations. Hawaii Foodbank will be collecting food and water while Helping Hands Hawaii will be gathering clothing and toiletries.

While these early donations do help, Aloha United Way COO Norm Baker wants people to know that this isn’t just a quick fix.

“What we really need to do now is focus on their long term recovery,” he said.

Donations are welcome throughout the coming months because many of those families affected will also need help moving forward.

Find out how you can donate here.

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