HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thuy Martines wanted to make a difference so she took her two children to the mall after a stop at Central Pacific Bank.
It may seem an odd way to make a positive impact in someone's life during the holidays, but it's what Martines did at CPB that made that happen.
"The Angel Tree program helps needy children or seniors who otherwise might not have Christmas gifts under their tree" she said.
The Angel Tree itself is a decorated Christmas tree adorned with several Angel tags. Each tag represents a child or senior citizen in need. The tag also has a small gift wish of that person on it. The trees can be found at various locations across the state, including all Central Pacific Bank branches.
People are encouraged to take the tags, shop for the gift, and return it to the tree. It's a perfect way to play Santa—without the heavy red suit and itchy fake beard.
The Salvation Army will then make sure all the gifts are successfully delivered before Christmas.
The program expires December 15th, however donations are always accepted at the Salvation Army.
For more information on the Angel Tree program, click on the following link: