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. The goal for the 2017 campaign is to raise $525,000.
"It's about five shifts per day per location", Sadowy said.
"We have 66 opportunities for bell ringers between November 24 and Christmas Eve", Tracy Hebdon, SEICAA coordinator, said. The tradition was created in 1979 and helps relieve the stress of gift giving for millions of families every year. "Now, I can't walk by a kettle without putting money in". Thousands of Salvation Army bell-ringers fan out across the country to ring bells and solicit donations to the iconic Red Kettles from holiday shoppers. All the donations raised in the kettle campaign stay local and are used for the Christmas Assistance Program, along with other programs throughout the year. "We raised $16,000 a year ago". The programs include daily lunches and a seasonal men's shelter.
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"We have a new program we just launched, our Nourish program, which is helping individuals build life skills and cooking and things like that, and much more, and even summer camps", Sadowy said. It's 365 days a year.
"My parents always wanted us to appreciate the sentiment that 'giving is better than receiving.' That's really become important in my life", Brantley said.
Last year, the campaign was able to exceed its goal, and both Sadowy and Roche are hoping to see the same this year.