Recognizing Red Cross Volunteers

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - March 26, 2008
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Dear Pamela,

My heartfelt thanks to Gavin at the American Red Cross. My wife and I experienced a house fire, and the Red Cross gave us a lot of help. The two representatives who came to our house, Gerald and John, were a huge blessing. Thank you, Gavin, Gerald and John!

Patrick and Elizabeth
Pearl City

Dear Patrick and Elizabeth,

Gavin Imamura, Disaster Services coordinator for the American Red Cross Hawaii, is happy you recognized the organization’s volunteers, Gerald Forchuk and John Wachholtz. “This is what we do in time of need,” he says. “We’re glad we were able to be of assistance to the Temples, and it’s nice to know they are back on their feet.”

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Dear Pamela,

When I got back home from an appointment with my eye doctor, my insurance card was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan identified as RT 1331 found the card and gave it to the postmaster. I was full of joy to see it again. There was a post-it on top that said the card was found near the downtown station. I hope the Good Samaritan is reading this letter and knows how grateful I am to him or her. Also, thanks to the postmaster for sending it to the right address. Both of you certainly made my day!

Michelle Kwock

Dear Michelle,

Lynne Moore, manager of Consumer Affairs and Claims at the U.S. Postal Service, says yours is one of the many cases of lost items returned. “We’re not always lucky,” she says. “We are not authorized to open items that are sealed. Those are sent to the Mail Recovery Center on the Mainland. Fortunately, this item was open and readable and we were able to track down Michelle. We make every effort.”


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Dear Pamela,

I was shopping in Hawaii Kai and stopped to take my blood pressure on the machine at Longs Drugs. Unbeknownst to me, I left my billfold on the table. Later in the day, my son asked if I had been to Longs. It seems a Longs employee had called using my son’s business card that I had in my billfold. We went back to Longs, showed an ID and got my billfold back with nothing taken out of it! It makes me feel so thankful that there are honest people in this world.

Helen Johnson
Hawaii Kai

Dear Helen,

Longs regional vice president Bob Ingersoll says this is a pretty common event, yet it’s always nice to hear from customers. “We will go to any extent to make sure lost items are returned. We keep things in our safe until we track down owners. Helen is lucky because everything was found intact, and we had the information to contact her family.”


(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 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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