Troop 325 Helps Local Red Cross
When disaster struck the Marco Polo high-rise on July 14, American Red Cross of Hawai‘i responded by setting up an emergency shelter at ‘Iolani School with help from head of school Tim Cottrell. That afternoon, Cottrell knew who to call upon for help: the school’s Boy Scout Troop that meets every Friday in Seto Hall.
Scoutmaster Russell Kinningham, assistant scoutmaster Frank Fasi Jr. and parent Trevor Benn activated the boys to set up the room, clear a pathway for the ambulance, and other comforts for the victims. It was a hands-on instructional night emphasizing the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared.”
It is because of volunteers, like the Boy Scouts, who are willing to step forward and lend a hand that American Red Cross of Hawai‘i is able and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Thank you, Troop 325. You helped the Red Cross service 110 shelter seekers over the weekend, as we provided - sponders, as well as offered medical and emergency support and guidance to those needing assistance during the recovery process.
This is not the first time Boy Scouts and Red Cross have worked together during disastrous t i mes. During World War II, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Red Cross called upon the Scouts lead at-risk families into the mountains for shelter.
American Red Cross of Hawai‘i provides disaster relief, safety training, service to the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as national and international disaster relief such as aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.
All Red Cross assistance for disaster victims is free. Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of American Red Cross of Hawai‘i. We celebrated this milestone with a Military Canteen event, historic Queen Lili‘uokalani Flag Raising Ceremony at ‘Iolani Palace, and will culminate with a Centennial Gala this weekend. Thank you to the Hawai‘i community for your support over this past century.
For more information on American Red Cross of Hawai‘i, visit redcross.org/hawaii/100.
Coralie Chun Matayoshi has served as CEO of American Red Cross of Hawai‘i since 2003, and now oversees Hawai‘i, Guam and Saipan.
‘Iolani School’s head of school Tim Cottrell and parent Trevor Benn work with Boy Scout Troop 325 to unload water and other supplies for Marco Polo high-rise fire victims earlier this year.