‘Tis the season of giving, and the Salvation Army kicked off its holiday donation campaigns in downtown Honolulu Monday.
The celebration included performances by The Royal Hawaiian Band and sign-waving by dozens of volunteers.
The Red Kettle program is a long-standing holiday tradition that collects monetary donations at various businesses, including stores and banks (and more recently online).
“We have a goal this year to raise a million dollars statewide,” said Maj. John Chamness, The Salvation Army. “That money we raise through the Red Kettle goes to support programs not only during Christmas but year-round. It supports programs like our afterschool programs or kupuna programs or homeless outreach programs, a number of different programs that provide to people in our community that are in need.”
Through the Angel Tree program, the public can select tags from trees in participating malls and businesses that correspond to a child or senior with a special wish for Christmas. Purchase the requested gift (or equivalent), return it to the same Angel Tree location with your tag, and the gift will be delivered to your chosen “angel” before Christmas.
“Many of our kupuna are struggling to make ends meet, and through this Angel Tree program, we can make sure they can get that rice cooker, that lap blanket, that coffee pot to ensure they have a great Christmas as well,” Chamness said.