REPORT FROM THE RED CROSS HAWAII CHAPTER – The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding its annual Hats Off event on March 30, 31 and April 1, 2012.  Off duty firefighters, military, Lions Clubs, 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.  This fundraiser is specifically to help the “local” efforts of the Red Cross to provide critical programs and services to the community.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will collect donations at all Walmart stores statewide.  On Saturday, March 30, volunteers will be at 3 other locations on Oahu.

“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 the recent tsunami 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 33,000 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 739-8109 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.

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