“Mahalo for doing this for us.”

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program has served as a vehicle of bridging the generosity of those in the community with those in most need. It is our privilege each year to distribute thousands of toys and gifts to families who are without a home, hurting, or simply in need of some assistance during the holidays. It is through the generosity of those in our community that enable us to bring Christmas cheer to those who need it most.

Tiana and Mohea PaiaTiana and Mohea Paia

Today thousands of families lined up around our Kauluwela Mission Corps in Honolulu to pick up their gifts. Many of them were seniors in need of simple household items such as rice cookers, teapots, blankets, and more. Mothers brought their keiki along to pick up their Angel gifts. One of the mothers was Tiana Paia. She carried her two-year-old daughter, Mohea, in line for more than 30 minutes. “This is going to make her happy. Seeing a gift. Something for her,” said Tiana. “When Mohea’s great grandmother passed away in February, our family was devastated. She always brought us together for the holidays, made it special for us. This year is a little different, which is why I’m so happy we can ask for things we want or need through Angel Tree. This is our second time going through Angel Tree this year…I cannot tell you how happy it makes us to know that someone out there cares enough to help a stranger,” said Tiana. “That’s truly what Christmas is about. Whoever it is that bought my daughter a toy, I thank you. Mahalo for doing this for us.”

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Left to Right: Cindy Adams, Aloha United Way, President & CEO, Major John Chamness, Senator Mazie Hirono, Denise Yamauchi, Burger King Hawaii, Jan Yokota, RMR Real Estate Services, Dave Hudson, Central Pacific Bank.

Our Angel Tree Program would not be possible without our partners Central Pacific Bank, Aloha United Way, and Burger King. It is their compassion and generosity that help us spread the word about our efforts and enable us to help more people. Senator Mazie Hirono also stopped by to help distribute gifts to families.

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“I asked for a Star Wars toy. Can you tell I like Star Wars?” – Ernest, 8-years-old

Hawaii Lodging and Tourism - Jared - Karen - JocelynJared Higashi, Karen Wataru-Nakaoka, and Jocelyn Kimura of Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association

We would also like to thank Hawaii Lodging and Tourism for volunteering to distribute toys and gifts. We realize time is the most precious during the holiday season and you chose to spend time helping us. Mahalo for everything!

If you would like to support The Salvation Army please donate. Your donations will go directly to helping those in need in your local community.

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