On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Keller Williams associates from around the world took a step back from their real estate businesses and showed their local communities love as part of RED Day –  this time, with a socially distant and digital twist. Now in its 12th year, RED Day; which stands for Renew, Energize, and Donate; is an annual, global day of service held on the second Thursday of May. 

Making a difference in the lives of others is a core part of the Keller Williams culture, and although this year’s circumstances called for a different approach, the company’s 180,000+ associates in 1,000-plus offices found creative ways to better their communities while staying safe and socially distant. 

“Our goal this year is for our KW family to serve their communities in the safest way possible,” says KWRI VP of Operations Ellen Curtis. “This is a challenging time for everyone in our ecosystem, so taking a day to look up, look out to our communities, and serve, is the number one thing we need to do to recharge and renew our own batteries so that we can serve each other, our teams, and our communities at a higher level. This will surely be a RED Day to remember!” 

This year, our local KW Kauai office chose to host an island-wide food drive to benefit Kauai Elderly Affairs and our kupuna. 

What started out as just a couple of donations, quickly grew to an overwhelming outpour of our community stepping up to help. See for yourself in the video below.

 

Once all items were dropped off, Donna Olivas-Kaohi, the RSVP Director for Kauai Elderly Affairs estimates that over 160+ kupuna will benefit from the RED Day Kupuna Food Drive.

Friday, May 15th, bags filled to the brim with goodies began to be dropped off and Donna shared some of the reactions and appreciation from the kupuna recipients. 

“One said she felt like it was Christmas and kept looking through her bag and kept finding something new, especially the Cup O Noodle which she hadn’t had in so long!

Another said, thank you for saving my life…

And yet another jumped up and down saying this is all for me?!”

KW Kauai’s success to help our kupuna was such a team effort so we would like to send big mahalos to our Kauai community that went above and beyond to donate items, our KW Associates that were able to get the word out to the community, Old Republic Title for helping gather goods for us, the local stores like Walmart and Costco that donated boxes so we could transport all of the goods, and the Kauai Elderly Affairs organization for helping us organize such a heart-felt, impactful food drive. 

To read more about our RED Day Food Drive, check out the article from The Garden Island Newspaper