Boy, 8, organizes DVD drive to help children

Riley Regan, an 8-year-old 3rd-grader at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School, has successfully organized a DVD drive to help hospitalized children at the Maui Memorial Medical Center. He thought the DVDs would help children feel “a little less lonely and give them something fun to do while in the hospital.”

Regan and his classmates decorated a brightly colored collection box that was placed in the main office of his elementary school; another box was placed at the Mayor’s Office on the ninth floor in the County Building.

With the help of the Pu’u Kukui staff and student body, county employees and family and friends, he was able to collect more than a hundred DVDs. He also made a $1,000 monetary donation that will allow the pediatrics department the ability to purchase additional DVD players for its patients.

Lisa Varde, executive director of the Maui Memorial Medical Center stated, “We cannot thank Riley enough for his kindness and thoughtfulness, and everyone that contributed in making his donation drive a success! We hope that his generous gesture will inspire other young people to also become philanthropists by giving back to their community.”

Regan is the son of Keith Regan, a member of the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board, and Lynn Araki-Regan of Wailuku.