Hawaii calls for supporters, volunteers during national Red Cross Month activities

| March 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

American Red Cross
News Release

HONOLULU — With March proclaimed as Red Cross Month, the Hawaii Red Cross recognized and thanked the supporters and volunteers whose efforts enable the Red Cross to respond to disasters down the street, across the country and around the world, March 1.

“The Red Cross works tirelessly to be there with help and hope when people need it most, and we are grateful for the public support that enables us to continue our work, here at home and abroad,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer, Red Cross.

Red Cross volunteers met at Koko Head District Park, Saturday, during tsunami evacuation to open shelters and conduct disaster assessment. Hundreds of Red Cross staff and volunteers worked throughout the night preparing for the tsunami resulting from the Chile earthquake. From left to right: Candy Iha, Frederick Villoso, Hanna Kath, Paul Kath, Brean Roman, Joele Alameida, Robert Nehmad and Rebecca Shor. (Courtesy Photo)“Our community and our nation depend on the Red Cross in times of need, and the Red Cross depends on the support of the American people to achieve its mission.

“During Red Cross Month, we want to recognize the valuable supporters whose generosity makes the work of the American Red Cross possible,” Matayoshi said. “In addition, Red Cross Month is a great time for people to get involved with the Red Cross, such as signing up for a CPR, first aid or another Red Cross course; giving a financial gift that can really save the day when the next disaster strikes; or getting involved as a volunteer.”

The Hawaii Red Cross provides shelter, food, comfort and hope to survivors of about 100 disasters each year — one every three-to-four days; helps prepare local communities for emergencies; teaches lifesaving skills to more than 33,000 people; and provides emergency communications and referrals to more than 2,000 military members and their families in times of crisis.

“The Red Cross responded following the Haiti earthquake in January, working to turn despair into hope,” Matayoshi said. “The Red Cross is in Haiti now, and we are also here in Hawaii each day for families who need us.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation in 1943, recognizing the American Red Cross as a true reflection of the humanitarian and volunteer spirit, and calling on Americans to “rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.”

Every president since that time has recognized the work of the Red Cross with a Red Cross Month.

The Hawaii Red Cross has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month in March:

• Online Auction, March 8–31: Bid on great deals for a great cause. Different items will be featured weekly.

Visit www.hawaiiredcross.org to bid on items such as a brand new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi; first class tickets to Sydney, Australia; neighbor island trips; hotel stays in London, Dublin, Beijing, Puerto Rico, New York, San Francisco, Aspen, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas; restaurant, spa, massage, or golf certificates; backstage Broadway passes; and a stand-up paddle board.

Or, use any Bank of Hawaii Hawaiian Airlines® Visa® card to make monetary donations through the auction Web site to double the HawaiianMiles® normally earned.

• Hats Off Event, March 12-14: Off-duty firefighters and military service members, and other volunteers will be collecting donations in hats at various locations statewide, like Wal-mart.

• Kahala Mall Viva la Diva, March 27-28: Shop til you drop at Kahala Mall.

Spend $75 at Kahala Mall and earn three HawaiianMiles® for every dollar spent. For every three HawaiianMiles earned, Kahala Mall will donate one HawaiianMiles® to the Hawaii Red Cross.

Donate all miles earned and get a chance to win a round-trip for two to Las Vegas on Hawaiian Airlines. For details visit www.kahalamallcenter.com.

Shoppers can buy items to fill comfort packs for disaster victims and earn miles while helping the Hawaii Red Cross.





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