I’m Beth Mehau, Executive
Director of The Pantry 501c3, which includes Mama’s House Thrift Store in
Waimea on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Our thrift store is the central and most visible component in our
efforts to strengthen our community through work opportunity, workforce
development, rehabilitation and prevention.
My husband Tom tells me that
as a child growing up in Waimea he would often hear a phrase from his elders:
“You shame, you starve.”
Ever heard that one before?
It was a kupuna’s way of urging a child to speak up and not be shy. Just as the
“squeaky wheel gets the grease”, our elders knew that if you don’t let people
know you need help, you probably won’t get the help you need.
The Pantry/Mama’s House is in
transition, and we need your help. We are not “shame” to ask because we know
that the work we are doing is saving lives.
Please consider investing in
our community by investing in our programs as we move Mama’s House to a new
location and renew our efforts to help families in North Hawai'i. Your tax-deductible contribution of $100,
$500 or $1,000 will have a direct and lasting impact on the people in our
A new location will improve
visibility for the store and access new customers, which will increase the
revenues that make our business sustainable, empowering Mama’s House to support
the programs and the people depending on them.
In an idyllic setting like
Waimea, it’s hard to imagine that anything could possibly be wrong -that
there’s a family fighting the chaos of addiction, a young mom squeezing pennies
to feed her kids, or a dad struggling to rebuild his life so he can reconnect
with his family.
We’ve seen people at the end
of their rope. And with just a little help at the right time, we’ve seen them
find the strength to climb up one more time and get back on their feet. We can
do that too, with your help.
Mahalo nui loa,