RICK: Aloha. The holidays are here and you know what that means. 'Tis the season for those familiar sights and sounds of The Salvation Army's Red Kettles and bell ringers. Welcome Major John.
Thank you Rick. That's right, every donation is so important no matter the size. In fact, one-third of our kettle donations each year come from coins!
Major John, you also work to ensure every keiki and kupuna in need in our island communities receive a gift on Christmas morning, right?
Absolutely! Our Angel Trees are at many businesses and malls across the state including all Central Pacific Bank branches. And, monetary donations for gifts for keiki can be made at all Burger King Hawaii restaurants.
Why is it important to support The Salvation Army during the holidays?
Our goal is to serve all of those in need – the doors of The Salvation Army are open for everyone that might need a helping hand, a meal, help finding shelter, or even a just prayer during the holidays. Last year, we served over 121,000 people in need in our islands and provided more than 458,000 meals.
Angel Tree gift donations bring a smile to a keiki or kupuna on Christmas morning. In addition, donations in our Red Kettles support dozens of programs and human services across the state throughout the year. And, they stay in the community in which they are collected…so you know your donations are Doing The Most Good right here in Hawaii.
So when you hear the familiar bells ringing at The Salvation Army Red Kettles and see their Angel Trees full of tags, please kokua and give back this Holiday Season.