Angels Of Aloha Are Everywhere
Wednesday - June 29, 2005
Christine Kowal is my angel. She volunteers to deliver my lunch with Meals on Wheels. She always greets me with a hug and smile. And she always bring fruits, because she knows I love them. Even when I cancel my lunch order, Chris comes to say hi and delivers my hug!
One night my ceiling lightbulb burned out and Chris asked her husband Bob to replace it. He told me to call anytime if it happened again. I felt so happy and secure. On holidays and birthdays, she sends flowers, candy and a birthday balloon. I can never repay her kindness, except to say “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you very much!” I treasure her friendship. I believe she deserves APPLAUSE because she is kind to all the people on her lunch route.
You don’t have to sell me on Bob and Chris Kowal. They used to be our neighbors and I can tell you their aloha was felt throughout our little community. Chris has been a regular volunteer with Meals and Wheels for the past year and a half.
“Alma is one of a kind,” she says. “She just celebrated her 86th birthday and is great to talk to.”
While standing in line at the fry bread booth at the 13th annual Pow Wow at Kapiolani Park, I began to grow dizzy. According to my husband, my legs buckled under and I lost consciousness and collapsed to the ground. He and I would like to extend a heartfelt mahalo nui loa and a vigorous round of APPLAUSE to the numerous Good Samaritans who immediately attended us, offering me water and wet towels. One kind woman in particular seemed to have some medical training and elevated my neck and legs. A compassionate bystander called 911 on my behalf. I have no recollection of the episode (I regained consciousness in the ambulance), but my husband and I wish to thank every kind soul that afternoon who tended to us during those frightful moments prior to the ambulance’s arrival. For the record, I was diagnosed with dehydration.
Of the many people who assisted you that afternoon, we were able to track down two: Your ambulance paramedics were Vincent Conte and Frank Sains. Take a bow, guys!
(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)
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