A 72-hour run for keiki Christmas gifts

Instead of a mad dash for the latest holiday sale, one Kona man challenged to himself and others to run for a good cause: to bring every keiki in need a gift for Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Endurance athlete and 2009 ESPY Award Winner Jason P. Lester will run for 72 hours straight to raise awareness for children in need in his community and raise money to buy them gifts for Christmas. 

His challenge begins tomorrow morning (Dec. 11) at 8 a.m. at the Loloku Street and Ha’a intersection in Kailua-Kona. “For every mile I run, I would like to provide a gift to a child for Christmas,” said Lester. For those who prefer to donate cash, Lester will have The Salvation Army’s red kettle on hand. 


Lester shares his reason for running to give back to kids in Kona, he is inspired to run in honor of his dear friend Kaleo Opiopio, who lost his fight to cancer.

The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands would like to thank Mr. Jason P. Lester for his big heart and courage to take on this huge challenge to raise awareness about the families that are not able to buy their children Christmas presents this year. 

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