Red Kettle matches 2017 donations

LIHUE — The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division on Monday announced that $706,555 was raised across Hawaii and the Pacific Islands via their annual Red Kettle campaign and 31,188 Angel Tree gifts were distributed during the 2018 holiday season.

A final push by Red Kettle donors just before Christmas helped match the total raised in kettles during the previous 2017 holiday season.

In addition, Central Pacific Bank collected more than $190,000 in monetary and gift donations for the Angel Tree program.

“We are grateful to the many Hawaii and Pacific Island residents and visitors for their support last holiday season,” said Major Jeff Martin, Divisional Leader 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 about 5,000 Thanksgiving holiday meals through annual meal events at locations statewide from Hanapepe to Honoka’a.

And, thanks to the generosity of Hawaii’s own Bruno Mars, The Salvation Army provided an additional 24,000 individuals with Thanksgiving holiday meals through their ‘Share a Holiday Feast’ partnership with Foodland.

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