Kauai News

Salvation Army Starts Giving Season 100 Days Before Christmas

Posted September 19, 2021, 3:15 PM HST ·Updated September 19, 11:22 AM

As many island residents continue to struggle with impacts of pandemic poverty, and with just 100 days until Christmas, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division is reaching out early to ask the public to help individuals and families overcome the threat of eviction and keep food on their tables.

“With the ongoing pandemic, and the ending of various federal and state programs, we anticipate requests for service to increase this holiday season,” said Major Phil Lum, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “With the public’s generosity, The Salvation Army will continue to provide help and hope to thousands of individuals and families in need throughout the islands.”

Here are some initial ways the public can help those in need this holiday season:

•Enlist in Love’s Army with a sustaining gift of $25 per month

•Visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org/volunteer and sign up to volunteer at a Red Kettle or distribute Angel Tree gifts to children in need. The Salvation Army is applying national safety protocols at all Red Kettles to ensure the safety of bell ringers, donors, and partners

•Donate digitally with Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo at a Red Kettle

•Donate cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum

•Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specifying the amount

•Give any amount by texting “KETTLES” to 51555

•Provide new toys and clothing through The Salvation Army Angel Tree for keiki and families in need

Every donation helps hope march on for those in need, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given. Visit SalvationArmyUSA.org to donate or learn more about how to help this holiday season.