By: Jocelyn Langford
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mayor Peter Carlisle gave the first donation to the Red Kettle, along with Central Pacific Bank CEO and President John Dean, to kick off the Salvation Army Red Kettle bellringing campaign and Angel Tree program this afternoon in Tamarind Park.
The Royal Hawaiian Band filled the park with Christmas music and BillyV and Bruddah Wade from KINE Radio were the emcees for the program.
Starting today red kettles will appear in 90 locations across the state and Angel Trees will be found in all Central Pacific Bank branches as well as major shopping malls.
The Salvation Army uses the monetary donations they get during the holiday red kettle bellringing campaign to help those in need all year. This year they have encouraged people to not only donate on street corners, but to become their own bellringers and encourage family and friends to fill their 'virtual' red kettle online.
The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program allows people to choose an 'angel' from any of the trees at Central Pacific Bank branches or shopping malls and donate an unwrapped gift for that angel to be distributed before Christmas. Monetary donations are also accepted.
For more information on how you can donate visit, www.salvationarmyhawaii.org or any Central Pacific Bank branch. To become a virtual bellringer, visit www.onlineredkettle.org.