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Hilo Supporters Take Their Hats Off for Red Cross Month

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The Hats Off event takes place this Saturday, March 14 at Walmart Hilo and KTA Puainako.

The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding its annual Hats Off event in Hilo this Saturday, March 14 at Walmart Hilo and KTA Puainako from 9am to 3pm.  Off duty first responders, Lions Clubs, Leo Clubs and other volunteers will take their hats off and ask the public to fill their hats with donations for the Red Cross.  Donations may also be made online at

“Our Big Island Red Cross volunteers respond to everyday disasters like house fires and floods, providing emergency assistance and emotional support to those affected,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Hawaii Red Cross Chief Executive Officer.  “Whether it’s a place to stay, cleanup kit, or a shoulder to lean on, the Red Cross is always there.  Because we are not a government agency, we rely on the generosity, support and aloha from the people on the Big Island to provide these critical services to the community.”

Last year, the Red Cross on the Big Island responded to 21 disasters, helping 154 family members get back on their feet and start rebuilding their lives after tragedy struck.  In response to Tropical Storm Iselle, the Red Cross opened 13 shelters across Hawaii County to provide a safe haven for those affected by the heavy rains and tropical force winds, sheltering 1,325 people.  They distributed 19,496 relief items at 12 sites, served 4,119 meals and snacks and provided health and mental health services to 568 residents.  In addition to disaster response, last year, the Big Island Red Cross reached 3,969 individuals in the community with disaster preparedness information and taught critical skills like first aid, CPR, and aquatics to 4,076 individuals as part of their mission of saving lives.

Other Ways to Help: Go to to donate or volunteer.  Call 739-8109 for credit card donations or send a check to the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 55 Ululani Street, Honolulu, HI  96766.  

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.