Nā Lima ALOHA (THE HANDS THAT LOVE)
Nā Lima Aloha was established in July 2004 as a community service to support various organizations and agencies throughout Oahu and to support relief operations in other areas as well. Through the donations of smaller-sized quilts, we share our aloha with displaced, needy, or critically ill children and adults. Organizations we have contributed to in the past include various senior citizen convalescent homes, the Veterans Administration Center for the Aging, hospitals, abuse shelters, and foster care facilities. In the past year we have donated over 300 items throughout the island. Fabric donations are always welcome, so please contact our Arlene Adams or Linda Dayag if you’d like to contribute!
At the end of August, the Guild received an invitation from U.S. Vets to attend a luncheon at the Willows Restaurant. Linda Dayag was away on a trip, so I asked Ellen Owens to accompany me. It was a lovely luncheon accompanied by wonderful Hawaiian music. After the lunch, a veteran who received help spoke about the assistance he received from U.S. Vets. His talk was followed by awards presented to various groups. Much to our surprise, the Guild was the recipient of one of the awards. We received the Kako’o Nui award given to a community group that has supported U.S. Vets. Attached you can see the award, a koa paddle. Patricia Lei Murray explained the significance of the paddle: we are all in the canoe, each of us with a paddle to help. We will continue to donate quilts to the Vets as part of our ongoing community involvement. Please think about making another quilt for a veteran.
I have included some background about U.S. Vets; for further information about their programs, go to usvetsinc.org
“U.S. Vets is a nationwide program that offers special needs programs providing services to the specific issues facing veteran populations, such as single mothers with children, non-custodial fathers, the chronically mentally ill and troops returning home. All of the programs are the result of collaborative efforts with community providers, VA medical centers and local government agencies. Funding for these programs provides permanent and long-term transitional housing, residential employment services, case management, substance abuse treatment and outreach to homeless veterans.
To date, we have served more that forty thousand homeless veterans. We are proud that 65 percent of veterans who receive services from U.S. Vets successfully transition to permanent housing and thereby achieve self-sufficiency.”
We are still collecting quilts and pillowcases for children and teenagers at IHS and Christmas-themed pillowcases for CJC (Children’s Justice Center).
Thank you. Arlene Adams
Without further ado, quilts were finished and together with the ones Linda had already at home, we sent 27 quilts and 20 bears to the Big Island via Lorna Festa. Lorna is a new member; she doesn’t attend the guild meetings but is an active quilter in our Windward Na Lima group. She goes to the Big Island at least once a month to visit family in Volcano and offered to take the quilts when she went in early June. You can see her on the right in the picture when she made her delivery to Kilauea Creations store. They were very happy to accept our quilts/bears. As you may have seen on the news, there is a “small village” being erected in Pahoa on Sacred Hearts Church land for many of those displaced by the lava. All items delivered by Lorna will be delivered to those who have been relocated to Pahoa.
Ellen Huntley put out an “email blast” via the Internet that Linda was collecting more quilts to be sent in July. Quilters responded in a BIG way! At our potluck/auction we were overwhelmed by 75 quilts, 24 bears, 1 kihei pili, 3 backpacks, and 25 pillowcases. All will be delivered over the summer by Lorna as she makes her monthly visits to her family. Many, many thanks to all the quilters who jumped in and reacted in their usual big way. The Hawaii Quilt Guild is filled with so many wonderful quilters who always respond to any request from Na Lima. May you all be showered with many blessings for your generous response.
****REMNDER!! Projects for Christmas. We would like to make quilts for children to donate to Institute of Human Services (IHS) in December. We are looking for quilts from 40-inch square for small children up to 60 by 72 inches for young teenagers. We will be accepting finished quilts at the July meeting up until the November meeting. They can be any theme (children, Hawaiian , etc.). Also, we will continue with Christmas-theme pillowcases for CJC (Children’s Justice Center). We want to them give 100 pillowcases this year.
Questions can be sent to email@example.com ~~Thank you. Arlene Adams
Na Lima had an outstanding year. Linda kept records of the number of items we donated and where she delivered them to. We supported the following organizations: Children’s Justice Center, Shriner’s Hospital, Fisher House at Tripler Hospital, U.S. Veterans Center at Kalaeloa, Ronald McDonald House, Leahi Nursing Facility and Ann Pearl Care Home.
We delivered 374 quilts, 467 pillowcases, 51 small pillows, 1 walker bag, 1 bib, and 10 bears.
Thank you to all our Na Lima groups (Ewa, Hawaii Kai, Kapahulu and Windward) who gather monthly to cut, sew, quilt, and bind. Also, a big mahalo to Guild members who took home quilt and pillowcase kits, and those who made all the quilts we delivered to Kalaeloa.
Our Na Lima table will have lots of quilt kits and pillowcase kits to sign out and work on at home. We are looking ahead to having at least 100 Christmas pillowcases (Christmas fabric preferred) for the Children’s Justice Center.
Questions about Na Lima can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
~Thank you. Arlene Adams
The Ronald McDonald House in Manoa just received 14 freshly finished quilts from our Na Lima Aloha, thanks to Arlene Adams and Linda Dayag. I approached their director some months ago to see if they could use some quilts at their respite home for the children, and they were over joyed. Our Na Lima ladies were finishing up quilts for veterans and shelters and were kind enough to set aside these quilts. I received them after our last guild meeting, and I delivered them the very next day. They were so grateful and send their deepest Aloha for thinking of them. Mahalo to the many loving hands that made these quilts.
2015-2016 Report from Arlene Adams (Na Lima Aloha Chairperson)
- Quilts 253 (44 to Vets)
- Kihei Pili’s 12
- Pillowcases 350 (100 to Children’s Justice Center)
- Walker Bags 15
- Small pillows – 100 (Shriner’s Hospital)
- Total Items: 730
Windward Na Lima Aloha. Second Thursday at Hoomaluhia Park Center from 9 – 2 pm. POC: Linda Dayag or Arlene Adams.
Hawaii Kai Na Lima Aloha. Once a month on Thursday. POC: Ellen Owens.
Kaimuki/Kapahulu Na Lima Aloha. Changed to 2nd Thursday of the month at Kilauea Rec Center (4109 Kilauea Ave) from 12-3 pm. POC: Barbara Alama
Ewa Beach Na Lima Aloha. POC: Susan Haushalter.