Red Cross Hawaii Hats Off Event

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

The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding its annual Hats Off event on March 15-17, 2013. Off duty firefighters, military, 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 www.hawaiiredcross.org.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will collect donations at Walmart stores statewide.

Oahu

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will collect donations at all Walmart stores on Oahu. On Saturday, March 15, volunteers will be at 3 other locations on Oahu.

Kauai

On Saturday, March 16, volunteers will collect donations at Walmart. Princeville Foodland and Big Save Koloa.

Maui County

On March 15-17, volunteers will collect donations at Kahului Walmart. On Saturday, March 16, volunteers will be collecting at the Maui Mall entrance outside of Whole Foods Market in Kahului, Hasegawa General Store in Hana and Friendly Market on Molokai.

Hawaii

East Hawaii: On March 16-17, volunteers will be collecting donations at Walmart Hilo. March 16 is the larger event with volunteers also collecting donations at KTA Keawe. Other volunteer groups helping on March 16 are Lions Club, Kamehameha School, UHH School of Pharmacy, UHH School of Nursing, Rotary Clubs and Bank of Hawaii.

West Hawaii: On March 15-17, volunteers will be collecting donations at Walmart Kona. March 16 is the larger event at Walmart Kona, KTA Kailua and Lanihau Center.

Off duty firefighters, along with volunteers from 4-H Federation, Lions Club, Walmart, and Hualalai Academy, will be collecting donations.

Special thanks to Aloha Air Cargo, American Savings Bank, Hawaiian Isles Water Company, Sam’s Club, Subway and Walmart for their contribution to the success of the 2013 Hats Off fundraiser.

“In Hawaii, we respond to disaster about 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, like recent tsunami scares that could have devastated our islands. 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 to responding to disaster victims with caring and compassion, we help prepare families and businesses for disasters, teach lifesaving skills to 20,000 people a year, and provide emergency communications for military service members and their families.”

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 lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. All Red Cross disaster assistance is free. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.