Red Cross Month: Hawaii celebrates 95th anniversary

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides. The Hawaii Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity and aloha spirit of Hawaii's people to help us help others.

March is Red Cross Month, first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families - in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; and trains more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

Here in Hawaii, the Hawaii Red Cross responded to local emergencies every 3-4 days, assisted over 2,000 military families with emergency communication during times of crisis and trained over 33,000 people in lifesaving skills.

"2012 marks the 95th anniversary of the Red Cross in Hawaii, and we are celebrating the fact that we've been here in the islands since 1917. Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission," Ms. Matayoshi said.

The Hawaii Red has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including:

Awesome Online Auction (March 1 - 16) Shop 'til you drop. Go to to bid on a trip to anywhere Hawaiian Airlines flies - Australia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Tahiti. There are trips to the West Coast, Las Vegas, and neighbor islands; and hotel stays in London, Dublin, and San Francisco. Golf, restaurants, shopping,- you name it, we got it. Great deals for a great cause!

Zippy's Promotion (March and April) During the months of March and April, Zippy's will be raising funds for the Hawaii Red Cross. You can help by:

  • Purchasing their new Kokua Pac (Korean Chicken, Portuguese Sausage, hot dog, spam, on rice) and 25 cents of each purchase will be donated.
  • Purchasing a Red Cross sign at their counters for $1 (all proceeds go to the Red Cross)
  • Making a customer donation in canisters available at Zippy's restaurants

In addition, their keiki menu for March and April will include disaster preparedness tips for the family.

Pizza Hut/Taco Bell Promotion (March 1-11) If you purchase either of the items below, $1 will be donated to the Hawaii Red Cross.

  • Pizza Hut: Extra Large Stuffed Crust Pizza
  • Taco Bell: Box Meals (2 to choose from -- Beefy Crunch Burrito, Crunchwrap, Taco & a Medium Drink or Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Burrito Supreme, Taco and a Medium Drink).

Papa John's Promotion (month of March) During March, Papa John's will have customer donation canisters at their stores. All collections will go to the Hawaii Red Cross. In addition, on Wednesday, March 28, Papa John's will be having a special pizza night promotion. Mention the Red Cross promotion that night, fill out a form (also available on Papa John's website) and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross

7-11 Promotion (month of March) During March, 7-11 stores have customer donation canisters at their stores. All collections will go to the Hawaii Red Cross.

Circle K Promotion (month of March) Circle K stores below have collection canisters at their stores. All collections will go to the Hawaii Red Cross.

  • Oahu: Circle K Nimitz Hwy and Circle K Royal Kunia
  • Maui: Circle K Maui

Hats Off Event (Friday through Sunday, March 30, 31 and April 1) Saturday, March 31: off duty fire fighters, military service members and other volunteers will be collecting donations in hats at various locations statewide. Volunteers will also be at all Walmart stores statewide March 30, 31 and April 1st.

Other Ways to Help

Go to to donate or volunteer. Call 739-8109 for credit card donations or send a check to the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816.

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