Troop 325 Helps Lo­cal Red Cross

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - Co­ralie Chun Matayoshi

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.

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