Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Salvation Army's Angel Tree campaign kicking off next week

Salvation Army's Angel Tree campaign kicking off next week

Over the four years, Burger King Hawai'i guests have donated more than $37,000 in support of the program.

Cindy Adams, President and CEO of Aloha United Way, Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division, Denise Yamauchi, Managing Director Burger King Hawaii (Kazi Restaurants of Hawaii) from previous year's Angel Tree Campaign.

Kettles will be placed in three locations as of November 23 to give the Salvation Army more time to meet its goal. Fjellman said a red kettle accompanied by a volunteer ringing bells brings in far more donations than a kettle sitting solo.

For Carol Roche, who started volunteering with the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign in 2006, she has seen how important the services are, from both sides of the kettle.

"If you just put a bucket out there with no one standing there, you might get like 50 cents", he said.

Roche volunteers a few times a week, as well as volunteering for the Salvation Army's Christmas Hamper campaign.

The Kettle Kickoff is the Salvation Army's largest event each year and raises funds that will support the organization's programs including groceries for families, counseling for adults, tutoring for children and activities for senior citizens. The programs include daily lunches and a seasonal men's shelter.

"We always help between 400-500 at Christmas", said Sgt. -Maj. "It wasn't a good situation, as a lot of people go through, and this Christmas Eve the Salvation Army came to our door". This year's goal is also $70,000.

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