Kind Hearts Make Thanks­giv­ing Pos­si­ble

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - APPLAUSE Pamela Young

Dear Pamela, As we f i nal­ize prepa­ra­tions for The Sal­va­tion Army’s 47th an­nual free Thanks­giv­ing din­ner, we are es­pe­cially grate­ful for long­time cor­po­rate sup­port­ers and vol­un­teers who help us feed 2,000 guests. In ad­di­tion, we are thank­ful for the City & County of Honolulu’s gen­eros­ity in pro­vid­ing the use of Blais­dell Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall each year.

We are blessed to have the sup­port of many ho­tels and cor­po­ra­tions. As an ex­am­ple, Kyo-ya, owner of Star­wood/ has pro­vided a to­tal of nearly 11,000 serv­ings of tur­key and nearly 10,000 serv­ings of stuff­ing and gravy dur­ing the past 24 years through the gen­eros­ity and culi­nary team mem­bers Royal Hawai­ian, Moana Surfrider, and Sher­a­ton Princess Kai‘ulani.

Groups of vol­un­teers make our Thanks­giv­ing din­ner ser­vice a part of their out­reach each year. Among the long­time groups, mem­bers of Honolulu Chi­na­town Li­ons Club and Roo­sevelt High School Leo Club vol­un­teer in the din­ing hall and run our keiki ac­tiv­i­ties out­side in the breeze­way while guests and their fam­i­lies wait to en­ter the build­ing. And, who knew there was a Hawai‘i Ski Club? We sure do. They’ve stepped up and vol­un­teered with us now for more than 20 years.

To all who have sup­ported and con­tinue to sup­port our guests in this spe­cial Thanks­giv­ing din­ner ser­vice, we’d like to ex­tend a well-de­served round of APPLAUSE. Maha- lo for help­ing us “do the most good” in our com­mu­ni­ties. Jen­nifer Oyer The Sal­va­tion Army Dear Jen­nifer, Daniel Del­brel, Sher­a­ton throws that APPLAUSE

- - Hello to you, Pamela Young, My name is Beauty Azure Blue. I want to say thank you for hav­ing such a great col­umn. I do not write nor spell good, but I need to say my very own “thank you” to my fos­ter home par­ents and their fam­i­lies and to my two fos­ter broth­ers. I can­not name any­one in a spe­cial way but they will know who they are. All these peo­ple are won­der­ful souls. How and what they did for me and still do for me is so very tremen­dous, lov­ing and kind.

My very beloved best friend, soul­mate and hus­band Howard Koon Lok Luke died last year on All Saints Day. He did not see his 59th birth­day. He was my very own per­sonal saint. The sad­ness had me go­ing cuckoo, but my in-laws, my fam­ily, my fos­ter home par­ents and fos­ter broth­ers all stood by me. No mat­ter how crazy I went, ev­ery one of them never gave up on me. I was a to­tal mess. I wanted to go away and be­come home­less and die on the streets. They did

We can’t con­trol what we feel, and the thoughts that stem from how we the more the negativity gains power and mo­men­tum. When you judge your neg­a­tive thoughts, it makes things worse! So in­stead, don’t cat­e­go­rize them as “good” or “bad.” Ac­cept how you feel and ac­cept your thoughts. Ac­cept­ing doesn’t mean you be­come your thoughts, it just means you stop com­pound­ing the re­sis­tance. When we stop see­ing our en­emy as our en­emy, the prob­lem ceases to ex­ist, and we are free to re­di­rect our fo­cus. not let me de­stroy my own life. Nor did they stop lov­ing me. I thank God ev­ery day and night for them. May God bless these peo­ple and their loved ones and all their pets also. I hope ev­ery per­son can have heav­enly love from some­one even through their crazi­ness. Be­cause of these peo­ple I am strong and do­ing good. Beauty Azure Blue

‘Ewa Beach

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