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Over $8,000 raised to help Maui keiki return to school prepared to succeed

By Staff | Jul 30, 2021

This year’s donations will provide more than 300 needy students with a backpack filled with school supplies.

WAILUKU — Maui County Federal Credit Union (FCU) concluded its school supply and backpack drives at each of its branches in Kahului, Lahaina and Wailuku on July 17, raising $8,125.43 and collecting over 2,800 school items for Maui’s children in need.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our members and our community, as well as our hardworking employees, who made raising over $8,000 possible this year. Because of them, we were able to collect more donations than in the three previous years combined. What is even more exciting is that we could help three times as many students return to the important work of attending school and getting an education that will assist in preparing them for the future,” said Maui County Federal Credit Union President/CEO Gary Fukuroku.

“It’s heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from our Maui County community, especially during these challenging times,” said Capt, Steven Howard, corps officer and Maui County coordinator for The Salvation Army.

“Because Maui County Federal Credit Union was able to collect substantially more in donations this year, we will be able to provide school supplies not only to keiki-in-need on Maui, but also on Molokai. We are grateful to everyone for their support.”

Families in need of back-to-school assistance can contact The Salvation Army Family Services in Kahului at (808) 871-6270 and in Lahaina at (808) 661-5335.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit maui.salvationarmy.org.