Salvation Army's Red Kettle fundraiser off to slow start

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Christmas assistance program in need of donations

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Christmas assistance program in need of donations

With the holidays quickly approaching, the Salvation Army is requesting donations and volunteer support from Hawaii Island businesses and the public to help those in need this holiday season. "We are finding we are having to reach more into the individual volunteers".

The Salvation Army's efforts will culminate in December with the distribution of food hampers, care packages and toys to people and groups within the federation. Last year, more than 24,000 gifts for keiki and seniors were donated through the Angel Tree program in Hawaii.

The Salvation Army needs any new, unwrapped toys, shoes or clothes that can be provided.

Hundreds of "angels" are also available to adopt from the office. Last year, CPB collected more than $158,000 in monetary and gift donations for the Angel Tree program. The money raised through the annual Red Kettle Campaign is used by The Salvation Army throughout the year in several ways, including rent for families facing evictions, utility payments for families with a shut-off notice, and with programs such as SHARE Summer Day Camp.

Salvation Army's busy days continue with Christmas sign-ups.

"If you have a family of 6 kids and you need coats for all 6 of the kids, you are certainly welcome to do that", said Rich Draeger, with the Tri-County Salvation Army.

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