Starbucks launches Lokahi project with Salvation Army

Leaders at Starbucks Coffee, The Salvation Army and the Lokahi Tree Giving Project are once again brewing holiday cheer for Hawai’i’s children and elderly by launching the “Give a Gift, Receive a Latte” program at Starbucks Coffee stores in Hawai’i, including the Kaua’i Village (Waipouli) and Kukui Grove Center (Lihu’e) locations, from tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 21, through Monday, Dec. 26.

During that time, customers may drop off new, unwrapped gifts (suggested value of $5 or greater) at Starbucks Coffee locations, and receive coupons for complimentary tall Starbucks coffee or tea beverages.

This special partnership between officials at Starbucks, The Salvation Army and KHON-TV helps bring holiday cheer to families in need.

“The holidays are a time for us to reach out to those less fortunate, and share the spirit of the season and giving,” said Greg Meier, president of Coffee Partners Hawaii.

“The Lokahi program is a great partnership for us that provides our customers and employees a convenient and rewarding way to give back to their community. Last year we collected over 12,000 gifts at our Starbucks stores, and this year our goal is to collect over 13,000 gifts by December 26th.”

Lokahi collection baskets will be located at Starbucks Coffee stores beginning tomorrow.

At the time of the donation, customers will receive coupons good for their choice of any tall Starbucks coffee or tea beverage.

The Salvation Army staff and volunteers will complete the sorting and distribution of the gifts to children, the elderly and needy families in the community.

Suggested gifts for children include toys, board games, coloring books, dolls, cars and trucks. For the elderly, suggested gifts include towels, wash cloths, bus passes, movie and video certificates.

Leaders and volunteers with The Salvation Army have more than 120 years of experience in making positive contributions in local communities.

The Salvation Army leaders assist approximately 100,000 individuals in Hawai’i, and more than 33 million individuals throughout the year in the United States, over six million of those during the holiday season.

Over the years, the Lokahi Tree Giving Project in Hawai’i has received widespread community-member support assisting thousands of needy families who have wished for gifts to brighten their holiday season.

The program has touched the lives of people in a wide range of age groups, including infants, toddlers, teens and the elderly.

“Lokahi” means “unity” in Hawaiian.

Since entering the Hawai’i market in December 1996, leaders of Coffee Partners Hawaii, an authorized licensee of Starbucks Coffee International, have opened 53 Starbucks stores, creating over 1,100 jobs in Hawai’i.

Starbucks Corporation officials are the leading retailer, roaster and brander of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 10,000 retail locations around the world.

Please see the Web site, http://www.starbuckshawaii.com, for more information.

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