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Donated blankets bring relief to homeless

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:58 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2013

About 300 blankets were distributed to unsheltered homeless people today at the Waikiki Health Center’s Care-a-Van program offices in Kaimuki.

Homeless people said the gift, from donors Rosanna and Peter Hsi, meant a lot.

“It’s been really cold,” said Diana Tully, 52, who is homeless in Kaimuki. “I didn’t have a blanket until today.”

Tully said she has been on the streets for about 10 months. Before losing her housing, she said, she never realized how chilly Hawaiian nights can be.

Stephanie Burge, 26, said the blankets are especially nice because pitching a tent is now a tough thing to do in Honolulu’s parks.

“The rain sucks,” she said. “It’s hard to find a place to hide from the rain.”

Rosanna and Peter Hsi, of Kahala, also donated blankets to the Waikiki Health Center last year.

Rosanna Hsi said the donation was meant to spread a little warmth to folks who could use it.

“There’s a need,” she said.

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iwanaknow wrote:
A simple gesture that means so much.
on February 13,2013 | 11:08AM
allie wrote:
Thanks to the donors. Hawaii can be very generous. Impressive!
on February 13,2013 | 12:26PM
laachang wrote:
This is one of the reasons why the homeless situation is out of control!! Because charities and bleeding hearts are "enablers". No need to pay mortgage/rent - Shelters are free if needed. No need to buy food - free meals handed out at parks and charity organizations. No need to pay for maid service - The state/city & county cleans their homes for them every 6 months and allows them to move back in to a clean "home". And the other reason is that HPD does not enforce what ever law the homeless are breaking - trespassing, vagrancy, littering, drugging, etc. Everybody looks the other way when they drive by the rotting filth and stink at all the homeless encampments. What an embarrassment. Honolulu looks like a dirty germ infested 3rd world country.
on February 13,2013 | 12:26PM
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