by Carolyn Tokunaga
(Above pictures are from 2015, the first year the Centenary members partook in the Kid City project.)
In the midst of the pandemic the Kid City Spring Project was completed! Centenary was closed but this mission continued.
Donations and shopping were completed before the shutdown. We thank donors Mui Koike, Susie Koo, Victor and Cynthia Lew, Gloria O’Brien, Dorothy Goerke, Terry Kasuyama, and the many others who left things anonymously. We also thank the monetary donors listed in the Chimes. It allowed shoppers to fill in the gaps.
Dedicated volunteers Terry Miyashiro-Sonoda, Susan Edwards, Laura Yamanaka, Lorraine Suzuki and friend Esteban bagged the items going into the school bags. Trying to maintain social distancing, packing stations were set up throughout the multipurpose room, each person completing separate tasks.
Sunday, April 22 was to be the final assembly day when the colorful school totes were to be filled with 3 spiral notebooks, 3 two pocket folders, a bag of pens and highlighter, bagged granola bars and candy, an emergency medicine bag of band aids, EmergenC, Tylenol, and a gallon bag containing hand sanitizer, Kleenex, toiletries, toothpaste/toothbrush, deodorant, and laundry pods. Even though the church was closed, volunteers were willing to come in to complete this project. Gloria O’Brien offered to deliver the 100 bags.