The first organization, the Salvation Army, is hosting their 48th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall on November 22. Did you know they feed a complete Thanksgiving meal to more than 2,000 attendees? However, they can’t do it alone. They rely on volunteers to help them, whether it’s by donating their time the day of the event or donating resources to go towards the actual meal. Registration to volunteer for this event opened up October 1st and you can go to https://hawaii.salvationarmy.org/hawaii/thanksgivingdinner for all the information. The Salvation Army also runs an Angel Tree Campaign every holiday season to provide underprivileged children and seniors with gifts for Christmas. The public is invited to pick an angel tag from a “tree”, purchase the requested gift (or equivalent) and then return it to the same Angel Tree location with your tag. Here’s the link with all the locations where you can find an “Angel Tree”: https://fundraise.salvationarmyhawaii.org/campaign/the-salvation-army-hawaii-angel-tree-campaign/c200563
The second organization, Helping Hands Hawai’i, have a program called “Adopt A Family”, which helps provide joy and relief to families and individuals that may be needing a little extra help this holiday season. Last year, AAF had requests for help from 800 families and because of generous donors every family received holiday assistance. For more information on how you can become a donor check out http://helpinghandshawaii.org/donor-registration-open-for-adopt-a-family-2018/
I know there are many ways we can donate our time and resources to help those in need this holiday season. The ones I listed are only a couple. If you are passionate about a certain organization or know of a great way to give back this holiday season please share by leaving a comment.