KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Shopper heading to the mall have a chance to grant a wish for families in need. Today the Salvation Army put its "Angel Trees" on display.
This isn't an ordinary Christmas Tree at Windward Mall. The branches are decorated with wishes. The Salvation Army's Captain Mitham Clement explained, "Some kids, they're asking for bikes. A lot of the kids are asking for educational toys and some are asking for school supplies.
The request from children and seniors in need range from clothes to groceries. This person asked for anything.
Clement added, "We have some kind of a screening process where they go through that and that helps us to kind of determine whether they are in need of this kind of help during the holiday season.
Last year, donors bought gifts for more than 7,000 people in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.
"They go to the stores here and they buy them and bring them back unwrapped and we have volunteers that come and help us wrap them and get them ready for distribution", Clement elaborated.
Now, Central Pacific Bank is partnering with the Salvation Army to collect presents and monetary donations. The gifts have helped to brighten the holidays for struggling families for decades.
Clement shared, "(A) mom came in and saw the gifts for the kids and she went like, 'Are these for my kids? Are these for my kids?' with tears of joy, knowing that her kids were going to have something for Christmas."
Organizers hope there won't be any tags left on the Angel Trees this year. The deadline is December 19th.
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