March is Red Cross Month in Hawaii

In Hawaii, we respond to disasters every 4 days, providing emergency assistance and emotional support to victims of every day disasters like house fires and floods. – Coralie Chun Matayoshi

During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help support its mission of saving lives and giving hope to those in need by making a donation, becoming a volunteer or taking a lifesaving class.

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, including President Obama, has recognized the critical role the Red Cross has played for more than 130 years.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country (about 1 every 8 minutes), providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24/7 support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; and trains more than 7 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

“In Hawaii, we respond to disasters every 4 days, providing emergency assistance and emotional support to victims of every day disasters like house fires and floods,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO Hawaii State Chapter. “We also need to be prepared for major disasters and continually share critical preparedness information. We are not a government agency and rely on donations from the people of Hawaii to provide these critical services to our community. In addition, we teach lifesaving skills such as CPR, first aid, babysitting, pet first aid, aquatics and nurse aide training; and provide emergency communications for military service members and their families. We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us help people here at home, across the United States, and around the world.”

The Hawaii Red has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including:

Awesome Online Auction (March 1 – 16)

Shop ‘til you drop for a great cause. Bid on FABULOUS items including: international, mainland and neighbor isle airline travel; hotel stays in London, Seoul, Beijing, Bora Bora, San Francisco, Kaanapali, Princeville, Lanai; a Toyota Prius; stand-up paddleboard, restaurants, theatre, golf, jewelry & MORE

Pizza Hut/Taco Bell Promotion (March 13-19)

If you purchase either of the items below, $1 will be donated to the Hawaii Red Cross.

Pizza Hut: 9 pc Pizza Sliders at regular price

Taco Bell: Cool Ranch Doritos Taco Box Meal

Aloha Petroleum Campaign

During March and April, Aloha Petroleum will have customer donation canisters at their stores. All collections will go to the Hawaii Red Cross.

Circle K Campaign

Circle K Nimitz and Circle K Maui will have customer donation canisters at their stores. All collections will go to the Hawaii Red Cross.

Hats Off Event (Friday through Sunday, March 15-17)

On Saturday, March 16, off duty fire fighters, military service members and other volunteers will be collecting donations for the Red Cross in hats at various locations statewide. Volunteers will also be at Walmart stores statewide March 15-17. Donations may also be made online at www.hawaiiredcross.org.

The Hawaii Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity and aloha spirit of Hawaii’s people to help us help others.

Other Ways to Help

Go to www.hawaiiredcross.org to donate or volunteer. Call 739-8133 for credit card donations or send a check to the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816.

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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.