OGT received this heartfelt ‘thank you & the need for food/supplies’ from Diane Wilson, who works closely with her husband Russel, to get needed food and supplies to many hurting families from Lahaina, Maui. Please read below to understand more of what the families and supporters are enduring. The photos are of OGT’s third shipment of aid for Maui, this one from our Wisconsin Branch. Please continue to pray for the hundreds of families living in uncertainty.
“First, I can’t say enough good things about the Orphan Grain Train! You have been incredibly generous and helpful! You are making a difference for many on the island of Maui. The Wailuku Union Food Pantry our church supports has seen an increase in clients since the fires on August 8th. Many families have taken in fire survivors and are needing help feeding everyone. Your shipments have helped to fill their shelves! Thank you doesn’t seem like enough. We appreciate and value your dedication. So many relief groups have left Maui, but you continue to support our efforts to help survivors! Mahalo nui loa!
The director of the food pantry (Nanette Kwon) and the director of the Lahaina Distribution site both commented how happy they were to receive the tuna, spam, peanut butter, fruit, and soups. Other items that would be helpful include bags of rice, Vienna sausage, chili, and cereal. I work with the food pantry on much and these items are always requested by clients.
Russell and I are working directly with the survivors to try and meet their needs. Yesterday, one lady told us how she narrowly escaped the fires with her infant. In fact, she had to live out of her car for a week with her baby before she could find help. She was so thankful for all of the support she’s been given. I could tell you story after story of the survivors. I know you aren’t able to see the people you help personally, but I can tell you they are thankful beyond words.
May God bless you then bless you some more!