Central Pacific Bank Foundation and iHeartMedia help to Rescue Christmas.

Jun 29, 2021 | by David Sayre

The social-services organization has launched virtual Red Kettles to meet increasing needs during the pandemic; seeks additional business and public support to temper expected 50% or more drop in kettle income.

The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced that Central Pacific Bank Foundation and iHeartMedia Honolulu have joined the effort to “Rescue Christmas” as premier sponsors to help those in need in our island communities. Funds raised through the organization’s iconic Red Kettles are expected to be down at least 50% this year [from approximately $700K raised in 2019] due to COVID-19 restrictions while requests for services are at an all-time high. The social services agency has launched virtual Red Kettles at HawaiiRedKettle.org and additional components of Rescue Christmas will be unveiled in the coming weeks.


“We are humbled by the generosity and unwavering support of Central Pacific Bank Foundation and iHeartMedia Honolulu to help us rescue Christmas across Hawaii,” said Major Jeff Martin, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. “Our statewide Corps and social service programs continue to see increased need for basics such as food, rent and utilities, even emotional and spiritual care during this devastating pandemic. We encourage others to follow Central Pacific Bank Foundation’s and iHeartMedia Honolulu’s lead and support The Salvation Army during the holidays to help sustain our programs. Now is the time to step up.”


"On behalf of Central Pacific Bank Foundation, we are proud to partner with The Salvation Army to Rescue Christmas for those in Hawaii most in need this holiday season," said Catherine Ngo, President, Central Pacific Bank. "Our employees have supported The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program for the past ten years raising over $1 million. With COVID-19 weighing heavily on all of us, Rescue Christmas is an uplifting and safe way for us to continue to give back this year.”

“During this time of great need within our community, iHeart Radio is pleased to partner with The Salvation Army to help families this holiday season,” said Chuck Cotton, President of iHeartMedia Honolulu.


Every donation provides help and hope to those in need, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given. Visit Hawaii.SalvationArmy.org to donate or learn more about how you can help The Salvation Army rescue Christmas this year. If you need services or know of someone in need, please visit Hawaii.SalvationArmy.org to find a location.

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