Basic services we take for granted were served with a smile at Project Date in Mapunapuna. Tripler Army Medical Center's Aloha Service Fair helped hundreds of homeless.
"Without eye glasses I can't do nothing. It's like I'm blind all the time," said Miguel Ebarra.
"I went to go get a new prescription, but I have to pay cash and sometimes I don't have cash," said Bret Gunn. "It's nice to know that people care and people are paying attention."
Guinn and Ebarra both have trouble seeing far away. They haven't had glasses for several years. Both are homeless and living on the streets has made it difficult for them to get the prescription glasses they need. On Saturday they finally got to have a pair of glasses.
"The chaplain here at Tripler Army Medical Center just wants to reach our and help these folks; let them know we love them," said Mark Nikont, a chaplain for Tripler Army Medical Center.
The army medical center paired up with Project D.A.T.E and other local agencies for the largest outreach the center has organized so far.
More than 100 soldiers lent a helping hand to at least 100 homeless. Along with vision testing and glasses, attendees also received food, shoes, t-shirts, backpacks and toiletries.
Mike Peacock recently transitioned out of homelessness.
"This event gives them a moment to disconnect from that sadness of sleeping under the bridge or camping in the woods," said Peacock.
Tripler Army Medical Center will have a second event for homeless veterans in the fall.
Tripler Army Medical Center's Aloha Service Fair helps homelessUPDATED 8:06 PM HST Jun 14, 2014
Basic services we take for granted were served with a smile at Project Date in Mapunapuna. Tripler Army Medical Center's Aloha Service Fair helped hundreds of homeless.Recommended