Molokai nonprofit receives donation

An all-women group from Monsanto Hawaii collected, assembled, donated and delivered 100 personal hygiene bags and 71 pairs of slippers on Sept. 14 to Child & Family Service on Molokai for the benefit of foster children in need.

Hawaii’s oldest human service nonprofit, Child & Family Service provides critically needed assistance and counseling for families struggling with serious issues such as domestic violence and sexual assault. The nonprofit often aids children in crisis who must be removed from their homes and placed in foster care, frequently on short notice and without much in the way of personal possessions, including basic toiletries.

The personal hygiene bags donated by Wahine to Wahine — a voluntary group of Hawaii women passionate about agriculture, food and family — contained such items as soap, shampoo, combs, washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small toys and handwritten notes. Group members also contributed nearly six dozen pairs of slippers after learning that children served by Child & Family Service often needed footwear as well.

“Wahine to Wahine is a voluntary community of women interested in agriculture both professionally and personally, in recognition of our roles as working women, wives, mothers, aunties, sisters and girlfriends,” said Dawn Bicoy, community affairs manager for Monsanto Molokai. “We support Child & Family Service’s mission to strengthen families, and hope these supplies will help make a positive difference in a child’s life when he or she needs it most.”