Project to ben­e­fit needy kids re­cy­cles used greet­ing cards

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - CHRIS­TINE DON­NELLY Write to “Kokua Line” at Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser, 7 Wa­ter­front Plaza, Suite 210, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu 96813; call 529-4773; fax 529-4750; or email kokua­line@starad­ver­

Ques­tion: Does the lady in Kailua still col­lect used Christ­mas cards? I have mine from last year be­cause I saved them to up­date my ad­dress list be­fore send­ing out this year’s Christ­mas greet­ings. Now that I’ve up­dated my list I am ready to let them go, but of course I’ve mis­placed the Kokua Line col­umn I cut out last year with the in­for­ma­tion. An­swer: Yes, and rest as­sured that you are not the only reader ask­ing. We checked in with Mar­i­lyn Gil­bert, who said her church group con­tin­ues to col­lect any type of greet­ing card — Christ­mas, birth­day, Valen­tine’s Day, Easter, grad­u­a­tion, etc. — through­out the year. “I do ap­pre­ci­ate re­ceiv­ing only the fronts of used cards. I also love get­ting the new cards with en­velopes — you know, the type that we all seem to re­ceive in the mail from var­i­ous charities,” she said. “Folks have been send­ing these along, with the small notepads and stick­ers. We use ev­ery­thing!” Mail items to Gil­bert at 247 Akio­hala St., Kailua, HI 96734. Email her at gil. aloha@hawai­ if you have any ques­tions. Gil­bert and oth­ers from Cal­vary Chapel Ka­neohe cut im­ages from used card fronts (in good con­di­tion) to dec­o­rate shoe­boxes filled with ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties, new toys and other gifts that are sent to needy chil­dren around the world. Gil­bert also uses the card fronts to make small puz­zles. Do­na­tions of new sta­tionery (com­plete sets), notepads and stick­ers are added to the shoe­boxes as gifts. Gil­bert, who works on the project year-round, ex­pressed thanks to all who have sent card fronts and new items for the shoe­boxes, which are dis­trib­uted through Oper­a­tion Christ­mas Child, a min­istry of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, an evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tion. “The Lord has truly blessed us this year. So far we have packed 6,400 boxes with one more pack­ing party this week­end where, God will­ing, we will pack an­other 1,000 boxes. God bless you for your amaz­ing Kokua Line, which opened Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse to all of your kind and gen­er­ous read­ers,” Gil­bert said.

In this dig­i­tal age, read­ers who ex­change tra­di­tional Christ­mas cards seem to cher­ish the cus­tom even more, and hate sim­ply dis­card­ing cards they re­ceive. We’ve heard from sev­eral read­ers ask­ing for re­cy­cling ideas, as we do ev­ery year, and about Gil­bert’s col­lec­tion specif­i­cally. They will be happy to hear it con­tin­ues.

Q: There’s a per­son on our street who parks their car on the street and their car alarm is way too sen­si­tive. I don’t know what is set­ting it off ev­ery night, but some­thing is. I talked to them but they do noth­ing. What’s the rule on this?

A: Mo­tor ve­hi­cle alarms are cov­ered in Chap­ter 41, Ar­ti­cle 29 of the Re­vised Or­di­nances of Honolulu, which you can read at

To sum­ma­rize, it’s against the law for a mo­tor ve­hi­cle alarm “to emit any au­di­ble sound for more than five con­tin­u­ous min­utes.” Po­lice may or­der the of­fend­ing ve­hi­cle si­lenced and towed from pub­lic or pri­vate prop­erty if the ve­hi­cle’s alarm is “ac­ti­vated” for at least 10 min­utes and noise per­sists in­ter­mit­tently or con­tin­u­ously dur­ing that pe­riod, in­clud­ing for more than five min­utes straight. Q: When they turn on the Christ­mas lights out­side Honolulu Hale, are they left on all night?

A: Yes. “The city’s 55-foot hol­i­day tree and other out­door dec­o­ra­tions are lighted nightly at ap­prox­i­mately 6 p.m. and re­main on un­til dawn, switch­ing off at ap­prox­i­mately 6 a.m.,” ac­cord­ing to the city’s web­site. This year, the tree and other hol­i­day lights will be il­lu­mi­nated Dec. 2.


Ma­halo to all those won­der­ful peo­ple who helped this se­nior ci­ti­zen when I fell down Nov. 3 near the Pearl­ridge Bank of Hawaii. A very big ma­halo to every­body who as­sisted. I am OK. — Grate­ful se­nior from Aiea

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