Red Cross reaches out to help quake victims
The American Red Cross-Hawaii Chapter has set up a 24-hour toll-free hot line for those who have sustained damage to their home or were disconnected from family members due to the earthquake.
Affected residents can call 877-377-5053.
Meanwhile, staff members and trained volunteers are assessing damage and providing support to families.
Those who are interested in making a contribution for affected residents can send it to the American Red Cross-Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu 96816.
Residents can also make donations online at www.hawaiiredcross.org or by calling 808-739-8133.
Students gain from center grant
The Hawaii Nature Center received a $98,480 grant that will enable thousands of elementary school students who cannot afford to attend field trips to join their classmates. Benefiting from the grant will be students of Hawaiian ancestry who live at or below the federal poverty level and attend federally designated Title I schools on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded the grant to support environmental education.
Hale Makua nursing care on Maui will receive funds from a federal grant
, a nursing care facility in Kahului, Maui, is one of 15 organizations providing long-term care needs to seniors to receive part of a $7.5 million federal grant. The National PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Association received the grant from Congress
and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Each of the facilities, in rural areas in 13 states, received $500,000 to expand services.
The Hon Chew Hee Estate Foundation awarded its art scholarship, the Golden Callus Award of $1,000, to Koty Juliano and Kyle Takiguchi. Juliano attends the Art Institute of Portland in Oregon.
Takiguchi, a recent graduate of Castle High School, attends the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles. The late artist Hon Chew Hee was a Windward Oahu resident. His estate offers annual scholarships to encourage fine-arts students at Castle, Kahuku, Kalaheo and Kailua high schools.
For 2007 the deadline for applications is April 7. For further information, call 455-9272.
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