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A Cup of Cold Water back on the road

A Cup of Cold Water, a shared outreach ministry of the Episcopal Churches of Maui and other supporters, restarted operations April 24 in Central Maui after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The weekly Wednesday runs cover homeless populations in old Wailuku town, Kanaha Beach Park, along Kahului Beach road, Kahului industrial area and the Kahului Salvation Army area.

Operating out of its van, the mission offers water, food, hygiene supplies, masks and comfort to Maui’s neediest citizens, along with spiritual support and referrals for those who desire it.

South and West Maui runs currently are on hold.

A Cup of Cold Water also has supplied and supported other outreach programs with perishable food items and hygiene and first aid supplies. These include Maui Mental Health Kokua, Hale Kau Kau and the Salvation Army.

A Christ-centered outreach, A Cup of Cold Water began its direct services mission in 2013 and is a no-salary, all-volunteer mission, which does not accept government grants or funding. It has its own independent supply chain of water, nonperishable food, hygiene and first aid supplies, clothing and other items.

The core volunteers are from the four Episcopal churches on Maui — St. Johns, Trinity by the Sea, Holy Innocents and Good Shepherd churches. The organization also receives help from other religious organizations, including the Buddhist Kahului and Wailuku Hongwanji, as well as Catholic, Protestant, Quaker and nondenominational Christian churches.

Private charitable groups, businesses, hotels and civic organizations also support A Cup of Cold Water.

At this time of great need, A Cup of Cold Water encourages people to support their favorite local front-line charity with monetary or food donations, including Maui Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Feed My Sheep, Family Life Center, Hale Kau Kau of St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Ka Ohana Kitchen of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Maui Rescue Mission and Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers.

In 2019, the A Cup of Cold Water conducted almost 10,000 homeless service contacts for the year through its weekly runs to Central, South and West Maui. To make a donation, call 419-1637.

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