‘LEON’ a sign of Christmas

LIHUE — Phil Worwa, aka Santa, said he didn’t know Thursday was LEON Day.

“When you think about it, it is exactly six months before Christmas,” he said. “How clever. I’ve already used that three times, today.”

Cub Scouts from Pack 148, sponsored by the Lihue Christian Church, spent the day doing their shift, ringing the Salvation Army bells at the red kettle set up outside the store.

The Christmas-during-the-summer red kettle at Walmart, the only location on Kauai, is the observance of LEON Day in Hawaii.

“It is about six months until Christmas and LEON (“NOEL” spelled backwards) is to remind Hawaii that there is a need for funds throughout the year to assist our local communities and families,” said Major John Chamness, The Salvation Army divisional leader for Hawaii. “The Salvation Army served more than 117,000 people with our community outreach and programs during last year in the Islands.”

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