The Salvation Army shares 2022 holiday giving recap for Hawaii
Written By: David Sayre
HONOLULU (May 24, 2023) – As part of their ongoing Love Beyond campaign, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced that $689,064 was raised across Hawaii and the Pacific Islands via their Red Kettles and 30,283 Angel Tree gifts were distributed to keiki and kupuna during the 2022 holiday season. Donations to Red Kettles were up approximately 4.6 percent from the 2021 season and were helped with a final push by donors just before Christmas.
Sponsors of The Salvation Army’s 2022 Love Beyond Christmas campaign were Foodland and KSSK Hawaii. Customers at all Foodland and Sack N Save stores in Hawaii were able to donate at checkout through Foodland’s “Share a Holiday Feast” program. In addition, Aloha Kia’s statewide locations collected household-item donations in Kia Souls. And Burger King Hawaii, in partnership with Aloha United Way, collected more than $5,000 in monetary donations to support the keiki portion of the program.
“We are grateful to the many Hawaii and Pacific Island residents and visitors for their support last holiday season,” said Major Troy Trimmer, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “Monetary donations in our Red Kettles supported our social service programs and the generous monetary gifts and in-kind donations to our Angle Tree program provided many smiles for keiki and kupuna on Christmas morning.”
The Salvation Army provided over 6,000 Thanksgiving holiday meals through annual meal and food outreach events at locations statewide from Hanapepe to Honoka‘a. And, after pausing for several years due to the pandemic, the 50th annual Thanksgiving Meal was held at Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall in Honolulu.
In recapping the 2022 holiday season, Major Trimmer continued, “In particular, we’d like to thank our volunteers and employees for serving as bell ringers, Angel Tree gift sorters and gatherers, and as Thanksgiving meal volunteers across the state. We’re also grateful for the many local retailers, malls, and businesses that provided space for our Red Kettles and Angel Trees.”
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, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and The Federated States of Micronesia. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked #2 on the “America’s Favorite Charities” list 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.