HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With just 10 days until Christmas, The Salvation Army still needs help fulfilling 8,000 toy and gift requests for families in need.
The charity is also looking for volunteers to help with outreach.
Last year, more than 82,000 toys and household items were donated to through Hawaii's Angel Tree program.
"We urge island residents and communities to step up and support our statewide Angel Trees and Red Kettles with heartfelt donations to help sustain key social service programs," said Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. "We also need volunteers to work with our Salvation Army Corps as we finalize our holiday outreach efforts. Together, we can continue 'Doing the Most Good' in our communities across the state."
Here's how you can help:
- Adopt a family or a senior
Individuals, families or businesses can adopt a specific family or senior to support during the holidays. For details, contact the Development Department at (808) 988-2136.
- Participate in the Angel Trees program
The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for keiki and seniors in need through the support of donors.
Christmas trees are decorated with paper angel tag ornaments with the first name, age and gender of a keiki or senior in need of presents. Donors remove one or more tags from the Angel Tree and purchase appropriate gifts for keiki or senior described on the tags.
Angel Trees are available at all Central Pacific Bank (CPB) branches through Dec. 16 as well as at many malls across the state.
- Make Christmas special for a needy family
Buy a meal, clothes and more for those in need. Donate $25 or more to help cover the costs of food, clothes and more for those in need so they can celebrate Christmas. For more details, or to make a donation, visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org or call (808)-988-2136.
Also, through Dec. 31, customers at all Foodland and Sack N Save stores in Hawaii will be able to make donations at checkout through Foodland's "Share a Holiday Feast" program to help those less fortunate in Hawaii. Those donations will be turned into Foodland gift certificates and distributed by The Salvation Army to families in need on each island where the donations were received.
- Donate to red kettles
Red Kettle donations (at locations statewide) support community based programs in the area of each island where each donation is made.
You can also make a red kettle donation online. Visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org for details.
View available opportunities at hawaii.salvationarmy.org.