Spreading Love and Care: PNAH Volunteers on Valentine’s Day

Spreading Love and Care: PNAH Volunteers on Valentine’s Day

By Catherine Hopf, PNAH Member

Valentine’s Day, traditionally a celebration of romantic love, took on a different meaning this year as volunteers chose to spend their day spreading love and care to those in need. Instead of roses and chocolates, these individuals offered their time and expertise at Hawaii Meals on Wheels (HMOW), a local nonprofit agency dedicated to helping frail elders and individuals with disabilities preserve their independence at home by providing hot, nutritious meals.

When chatting with HMOW CEO Michelle Cordero-Lee, she shares that “the cost of food has gone up and to save on costs, we didn’t use our regular mail house for this cycle of newsletter mail outs”. Michelle further shared that they instead enlisted the help of volunteers to do the fulfilling. “I’m surprised at the response, as we sent out an email blast fairly last minute”.

PNAH President, Cielito Matias-Schwartz, sister chapter PNAMHI President-elect, Luz Tabajonda and her spouse Mike, along with myself met during our lunch breaks to fold, label and stack newsletters to reach the 8,000 kupuna (elderly) and those living with disabilities across the state.
The decision to volunteer on Valentine’s Day was an easy one. Acts of kindness on Valentine’s Day serve as a reminder to reflect on the true meaning of Love. Let us embrace the spirit of compassion and service to make a difference in the lives of others. Love knows no bounds and small gestures of kindness can have a profound impact on those who need it most.