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Spreading Aloha at the Family Shelter in San Jose

Since returning home we've been so busy with gigs, and classes. Some are the halau gigs, while we've also are trying to continue on with our "Spread A Little Aloha" mission. We had four halau gigs, and two days with Milpitas School District and the San Jose Family Shelter. We just found out last week that one of our long-time hula student, Linda Dresbach had applied for a community grant from the San Jose Water Company, where she works, and was approved for $500 to go towards our "Hawaiian Day at the Shelter" lunch and craft project expenses. WhooHoo!!! Mahalo!!!! This past Saturday we all met at the shelter at 11:15am to set up for lunch. We re-arranged the tables in a "U" shape. Our menu included chicken teriyaki, rice, green salad, grapes, and brownie bites! After lunch was served we performed a few hula in the center of the "U", followed with candy lei making, and a raffle. Everyone was given a raffle ticket to win 2 new stuffed animals that they could choose from the table. Everyone received 2 prizes, and the kids were so excited to hear their numbers called. In addition to the meal, we donated approximately $1000 in raffle prizes/candy leis kits and items from their "wish list". It's be two years since we last volunteered at the shelter, and I'm happy that our kids were able to bring the aloha spirit to the residents there. It puts things in perspective, and reminds us how much we have in our lives, and how much we take for granted. We hope to be able to do a similar event during the holidays.

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