HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Aloha. Here's a tough question - be honest… how many times this year have you walked by The Salvation Army's Red Kettles and bell ringers without making a donation?
It's not too late to make up for all those times by making a point that you won't pass another without at least dropping in a little pocket change. Remember money ion those kettles support dozens of programs and human services across the state. Better yet, they stay in the community in which they are collected…so you know your donations are Doing The Most Good in our local communities.
Along with the red kettle program…the Salvation Army's other big program at Christmas is the Angel Trees … which you will see at many businesses and malls across the state including all Central Pacific Bank branches. And on Christmas morning you can reward yourself with knowing that there are keiki or kupuna are smiling because of your gift.
The goal of the Salvation Army is to serve all of those in need - their doors are open for everyone that might need a helping hand, a meal, help finding shelter, or even a just prayer during the holidays. In 2015, they served more 121-thousand people in need in our islands and provided more than 458 thousand meals.
So when you hear The Salvation Army Red Kettles and see their Angel Trees, please donate generously. And, when you donate, you can expect positive change. I can't think of anything more important than serving the less fortunate on Christmas.