Project Dana

The purpose of Project Dana is to "Provide a variety of faith-based volunteer services to the frail elderly, the disabled and caregivers who are in need of social support in order to maintain a reasonable quality of life." 





    The October Project Dana activity began with the singing of “Happy Birthday” to 94 year old Lilinoe Onishi.  She is still able to participate every month with her sons transporting her to the Sangha Hall.

Twenty four Preschoolers then joined the group to wish the clients a “Happy Halloween.”  They shared some Halloween songs and created a bat and a mummy with the “help” of the clients.  Many photos were taken of the young ones interacting with the “young at heart”.  The youngsters were proud and happy to take their bat and mummy home along with some treats.

After the preschoolers left, the clients made their own jack-o-lantern cup, which was filled with goodies.  All the craft work turn out very well and were appreciated by everyone.

The day ended with the usual luncheon treat.  This month’s menu consisted of layered rice, sushi, shoyu chicken, Chinese cabbage salad, mochi balls, and jello.  Once again it was ample for the clients to take the leftovers home for dinner.

Mrs. Rose Nakamura, co-founder of Project Dana, has retired as Executive Director on October 1.  Thank you cards were sent in appreciation for her 28 years of service.    She is succeeded by Cyndi Osajima who has worked in many capacities including being the Operations   Manager.

For this worthwhile program to continue at Hilo Betsuin, we need more volunteers.  Many of our   faithful volunteers are now becoming clients as the aging process has made it difficult for them to serve others.  We would appreciate your volunteering to help this once a month activity.  Please leave your name and phone number at the office so one of the leaders can contact you.