Requesting public support for those in need during the holidays.
Written by: David Sayre
The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today requested donations and volunteer support from Hawaii’s businesses and the public to help those in need this holiday season. Sponsors of The Salvation Army’s 2021 “Hope Marches On” campaign are Central Pacific Bank Foundation, Dominos Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Industries, and iHeartMEDIA Honolulu, with additional support from Aloha Kia.
"We humbly ask Hawaii’s businesses and the public to join with us to help keep Hope Marching On for those in need,” said Major Phil Lum, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “We are seeking monetary and in-kind donations as well as volunteers. Once again, due to the ongoing pandemic, we have fewer kettles out in Hawaii. Volunteer bell ringers are particularly needed to help us keep Red Kettles out in communities as much as possible. It’s important to remember that Red Kettle, Angel Tree, and monetary donations stay in the communities where they are donated. There also are various ways to donate online, allowing the community to raise funds not only for Christmas gifts for keiki and kupuna, but also to provide support for social service programs and those in need throughout the year.”
Opportunities for supporting those in need in Hawaii during the 2021 holiday season include:
Share a Holiday Feast 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. Customers may donate cash, coins, Maika’i points or My Rewards Certificates to help. 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.
Giving Machine Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ LightTheWorld Giving Machine will be at Pearlridge Center Mauka (First Level fronting Jeans Warehouse Kids) through Jan 2. Donors can select among five items in the Giving Machine to support The Salvation Army in Hawaii. Items include: hot shower and laundry for $5; after school supplies for $25; help send a child to summer camp for $50; Rent and utility bills assistance for $50; and a new home starter kit for $100.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program -traditional trees, virtual trees, and online gift registries for each community-
Last year, more than 31,000 gifts were donated through the Angel Tree program in Hawaii. Christmas trees are decorated with paper angel tag ornaments with the first name, age and gender of a keiki or kupuna in need. Donors can select one or more tags from the Angel Tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the keiki or senior described on the tags. The gifts are returned to the tree the tags were pulled from. Angel Trees are located at all Hawaii Walmart stores.
There are several ways to support the Angel Tree program including selecting traditional angel tags from physical Angel Trees at many businesses and malls, purchasing gifts online via Angel Tree Gift Registries via Walmart that can be shopped to fulfill Angel Tree requests for those in need at each Corps/Island community, making a register donation at any Burger King location, or supporting or creating a virtual Angel Trees online.
Angel Trees – physical locations for 2021 include:
- Aloha’n Paradise – Waimea – through Dec. 15
- Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa - Poipu – through Dec. 15
- Hertz – through Dec. 13
- Kauai Cross Fit – through Dec. 10
- Kekaha Federal Credit Union – through Dec. 11
- Koa Kea Poipu – through Dec. 15
- Lihue Walmart – through Dec. 15
- The Wyndham Ka’Eo Kai & Shearwater Resorts – through Dec. 13
- The Wyndham Bali Hai Resorts – through Dec. 13
- Ala Moana Center – through Dec. 20
- Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union locations including Fort Street, Hotel Street, Kailua, Kaimuki, Kapolei, and Waikele – through Dec. 12
- Denny’s restaurants including Kapolei and Kunia – through Dec. 12
- Dunkin’ Donuts locations including Kapolei Commons, Pearlridge Wai Makai [Downtown], and Pearl City Gateway - through Dec. 12
- Hawaii State Federal Credit Union locations including Fort Street, Hotel Street, Kailua, Kaimuki, Kapolei, and Waikele – through Dec. 12
- Hilton Grand Vacation Waikiki – through Dec. 17
- Kahala Mall – through Dec. 20
- Maui Brewing Co. locations in Kailua and Honolulu – through Dec. 14
- MidPacific Country Club – through Dec. 12
- Moani Island Bistro – through Dec. 12
- Pearlridge Center – one-day gift drives for keiki and kupuna gifts – Dec. 4 [10 a.m. to 9 p.m.], Dec. 5 [10 a.m. to 6 p.m.] and Dec. 11 [from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
- Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki – through Dec. 17
- Sam’s Clubs including Honolulu/Keeaumoku and Pearl City – through Dec. 15
- Starbuck’s Ala Moana – through Dec. 12
- Walmart stores including Downtown Honolulu/Fort Street Mall, Honolulu/Keeaumoku, Kapolei, Kunia/Waipahu, Mililani, Pearl City – through Dec. 15
- Windward Mall – through Dec. 18
- Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union – through Dec. 11
- Body in Balance Maui – Lahaina – through Dec. 12
- Kahului Walmart – through Dec. 15
- Maui County Federal Credit Union branches including Kahului, Lahaina, and Wailuku – through Dec. 11
- Maui Family YMCA – through Dec. 11
- Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center – through Dec. 11
- Kailua-Kona Denny’s – through Dec. 16
- The Club Kona – through Dec. 10
- Walmart stores including Hilo and Kailua-Kona – through Dec. 15
Angel Trees – support at checkout options include:
- Burger King Hawaii - In partnership with Aloha United Way, customers may make cash donations at all Burger King Hawaii restaurants through Dec. 31. The donations will go towards keiki Angel Tree gifts.
Angel Tree Registry – Walmart online gift registries by island community
For those who prefer to shop online, visit walmart.com/registryforgood for online Angel Tree Registries at Walmart. Customers can shop for gifts and have them delivered directly to their local Salvation Army to support keiki and kupuna in need in Hawaii communities.
Angel Tree - online Angel Tree fundraisers – AngelTreeHI.org
By visiting AngelTreeHi.org, individuals and families also can make monetary donations or create personalized Online Angel Tree fundraisers to share with their contacts and raise funds for Angel Tree. Also, businesses can create an online Angel Tree Team fundraiser to get their employees involved and the public can donate to participating businesses and fundraisers. Funds raised provide Christmas gifts to keiki and kupuna and provide support for those in need throughout the year. Details at AngelTreeHi.org.
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Program -traditional and new ways to support for 2021-
While the sights and sounds of The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles and bell ringers are synonymous with the holiday season, due to the pandemic, fewer Red Kettles will be out across the state. Red Kettle donations support community based programs in the area of each island where each donation is made. To help ensure the safety of bell ringers, donors and partners, The Salvation Army has adopted nationally mandated safety protocols.
Supporters are able to donate digitally with Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo at any Red Kettle in Hawaii.
Virtual kettles have been established for all Corps/communities statewide. Visit Hawaii.SalvationArmy.org
Red Kettles - physical locations for 2021 include:
- Big Save locations including Eleele, Koloa, and Waimea – through Dec. 24
- Walmart Lihue – through Dec. 24
- Ala Moana Center – Dec. 17 through Dec. 24
- Ala Moana Center Bloomingdale’s – through Dec. 24
- Don Quijote locations including Pearl City and Waipahu – through Dec. 24
- Honolulu Sam’s Club – through Dec. 24
- Kaneohe Walgreens – through Dec. 24
- Safeway stores including Beretania and Manoa – Dec. 6 through Dec. 24
- Shima’s Supermarket – through Dec. 24
- Show Aloha Land, A Holiday Wonderland by Mira Image – Aloha Stadium – through Jan. 1, 2022
- Times Supermarket locations including Beretania, Kahala, Kailua, Kaimuki, Kaneohe, Koolau, Liliha, McCully, Mililani, Waikalua – through Dec. 24
- Walmart stores including Downtown Honolulu/Fort Street Mall, Honolulu/Keeaumoku, Kapolei, Kunia/Waipahu, Mililani, Pearl City – through Dec. 24
- Windward Mall Macy’s – through Dec. 24
- Kahului Walmart – through Dec. 24
- Pukalani Superette – through Dec. 24
- Safeway stores including Ho‘okele, Honapiilani, Maui Lani, and Pi‘ikea, – Dec. 6 through Dec. 24
- Walgreens including Kahului, Lahaina, and Wailuku – through Dec. 24
- Ace Hardware – Kamuela – through Dec. 24
- Hilo Macy’s – through Dec. 24
- KTA Superstores including Downtown Hilo, Hilo [Puainako], Keauhou, Kona Town, Waikoloa, Waimea – through Dec. 24
- Malama Market – Honokaa – through Dec. 24
- Safeway Hilo – Dec. 6 through Dec. 24
- Takata Market – Hawi – through Dec. 24
- Walmart stores including Hilo, Kailua-Kona – through Dec. 24
Virtual Red Kettles – HawaiiRedKettle.org
The Salvation Army is making it safer and simpler to donate to support the most vulnerable in Hawaii:Virtual Red Kettles have been launched for each island community. Visit HawaiiRedKettle.org and then scroll down to select the island community to support.
Other Ways to Help With Red Kettles
- Adopt A Red Kettle – Businesses can adopt an actual red kettle or counter kettle for their office, or store front. For details, contact the Development Department at (808) 988-2136.
- Point Of Sale Paper Kettles – Businesses can set up paper Red Kettles at their location to help collect funds for those in need. For details, contact the Development Department at (808) 988-2136.
- Volunteer Bell Ringers Needed – View available opportunities at Hawaii.SalvationArmy.org.
Counter Kettles/Holiday Roundup Program
Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army’s programs in communities across Hawaii may be made via the following locations:
- HPM Building Supply – Hilo, Kona and Waimea locations on Hawaii Island – customers have the option to donate at checkout in Salvation Army counter kettles – through Dec. 24.
- Walmart.com/Walmart app – Walmart stores are offering customers the option to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to The Salvation Army. Customers can do this Walmart.com, or through the Walmart app – through Dec. 31.
Red Kettle Challenges
To encourage Red Kettle donations in Kona, Joe Schneckenburger, owner of Big Island Retreat and the Kona Tiki Hotel, pledged a $33,333 match challenge for support of Red Kettle donations.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of The Salvation Army. During the holidays, there are many ways to be involved in volunteering. View available opportunities at Hawaii.SalvationArmy.org.
Year-end gifts can significantly reduce a donor’s income taxes while providing support to those in need and the many programs in communities across Hawaii. Sustaining monthly gifts can help keep Hope Marching On for those in need all year long. Funds are tracked by zip code and stay in the communities in which they are donated. For more details, or to make a donation, visit Hawaii.SalvationArmy.org or call (808) 988-2136.
Donations provide 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 keep Hope Marching On. If you need services or know of someone in need, visit Hawaii.SalvationArmy.org to find a location.
About The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division
The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division covers the state of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands including Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Federated States of Micronesia. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked #2 on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Division offers a wide variety of programs throughout the islands including: affordable senior housing; at-risk youth services and housing; camp & conference center; church/religious services and programs; emergency disaster services; family stores; food distribution and feeding programs; homeless services; The Kroc Center – Hawaii’s largest community center; preschools & day care services; older adults; social services – emergency assistance; substance abuse treatment; women’s auxiliary; and women’s ministries. For more information, call 808-988-2136, visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.