“Dear King's Hawaiian: Thank you so much for your very kind donation of bread for our Rocky's 5k fundraiser for the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Sleepy Hollow NY! Needless to say, a huge hit! We had a small amount leftover and we were able to donate it to the Grace Church Community Center in White Plains NY for their Open Arms Men's Shelter and Soup Kitchen. Many happy faces, here's a pic from the 5k race! Thank you again!!” – Stella Medina
This time of year, we reflect with our ohana on what we are truly grateful for. We assemble with friends and family to celebrate those closest to us. Our homes fill with voices; our stomachs with onolicious food, and our hearts with Aloha Spirit.
To us, Aloha Spirit encompasses mutual hospitality, kindness, and generosity. It is an expression that is uniquely Hawaiian, but an experience to be enjoyed by all people. And what better time than the Season of Giving to recognize Aloha?
As we give thanks this year, we are also thinking of ways to spread Aloha Spirit in our local communities. Ohana member Stella Medina and her friends went the extra mile, literally, to help out others this year. Not only did they participate in a 5k to raise money for preservation of her local park; they also donated leftover supplies to their local shelter and soup kitchen.
We love the gesture and glad you all are spreading the Aloha Spirit, Stella. Mahalo for writing us and sending that great photo!
If you’re interested in getting involved in your local community, here are some of our favorite ways to spread Aloha:
- Contribute food and/or your time to a local shelter or soup kitchen. To find food pantries and soup kitchens near you, visit http://www.foodpantries.org/.
- Donate to a cause you’re passionate about. To find a database of charities both locally and nationally go to https://www.justgive.org/.
- Research a local fundraising event you can rally behind by checking out your local newspaper or community newsletter.
What is your favorite way to spread Aloha Spirit?