CDS sends new team to respond to Hawaii volcano

Church of the Brethren Newsline
June 8, 2018

Photo courtesy of CDS.

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has sent a new team to Hawaii to continue the response to the volcanic eruption that was begun by local volunteers Petie Brown and Randy Kawate. The American Red Cross had requested a CDS team to respond on the Big Island of Hawaii. The new team arrived at the Pahoa shelter on Wednesday, June 6.

“The volcano is about five miles away from the shelter, and they need to be able to evacuate the shelter at any moment,” reported Kathleen Fry-Miller, CDS associate director.

“We are so grateful again for the work of CDS Hawaii volunteers Petie and Randy over the past month, providing some activities and nurturing interactions on a part-time basis with 76 children,” Fry-Miller said. “Now with school out and more evacuations, a full CDS team has arrived on Hawaii. Petie and Randy will join them when they can.”

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