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Hawaii Red Cross Marks National Red Cross Month by
Thanking Supporters and Volunteers

Honolulu, HI – With March proclaimed as Red Cross Month, the Hawaii Red Cross today recognized and thanked the supporters and volunteers whose efforts enable the Red Cross to respond to disasters down the street, across the country and around the world.

“The Red Cross works tirelessly to be there with help and hope when people need it most–and we are grateful for the public support that enables us to continue our work – here at home and abroad,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer. “Our community and our nation depend on the Red Cross in times of need, and the Red Cross depends on the support of the American people to achieve its mission.”

“During Red Cross Month, we want to recognize the valuable supporters whose generosity makes the work of the American Red Cross possible,” Ms. Matayoshi added. “In addition, Red Cross Month is a great time for people to get involved with the Red Cross, such as signing up for a CPR, first aid or another Red Cross course; giving a financial gift that can really save the day when the next disaster strikes, or getting involved as a volunteer.”

The Hawaii Red Cross provides shelter, food, comfort and hope to survivors of about 100 disasters each year (one every 3-4 days); helps prepare local communities for emergencies; teaches lifesaving skills to over 33,000 people; and provides emergency communications and referrals to over 2,000 military members and their families in times of crisis.

“The Red Cross responded following the Haiti earthquake in January, working to turn despair into hope,” Ms. Matayoshi said. “The Red Cross is there in Haiti now – and we are also here each day here in Hawaii for families who need us.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation in 1943, recognizing the American Red Cross as a true reflection of the humanitarian and volunteer spirit and calling on Americans to “rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.” Every President since that time has recognized the work of the Red Cross with a Red Cross Month.

The Hawaii Red Cross has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month in March:

Hats Off Event (Friday through Sunday, March 12-14)
Saturday March 13: off duty fire fighters, military service members and other volunteers will be collecting donations in hats at various locations statewide. Volunteers will also be at all Walmart stores statewide March 12-14.

Online Auction (March 8 – 31)
Go to to bid on a brand new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi; first class tickets to Sydney, Australia; neighbor island trips; hotel stays in London, Dublin, Beijing, Puerto Rico, New York, San Francisco, Aspen, Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas; restaurant, spa, massage, golf certificates; backstage Broadway passes; stand up paddle board, and more! Different items will be featured weekly so check back often. Great deals for a great cause! Use any Bank of Hawaii Hawaiian Airlines® Visa® card to make monetary donations through the online auction website and you’ll have an opportunity to double the HawaiianMiles® you normally earn.

Kahala Mall Viva la Diva (Saturday & Sunday, March 27-28)
Shop 'til you drop at Kahala Mall. Spend $75 at Kahala Mall and earn 3 HawaiianMiles for every dollar spent. For every 3 HawaiianMiles earned, Kahala Mall will donate 1 HawaiianMile to the Hawaii Red Cross. Donate all of your miles earned and get a chance to win a round trip for 2 to Las Vegas on Hawaiian Airlines. Visit for details. Shoppers can buy items to fill comfort packs for disaster victims, and earn miles while helping Hawaii Red Cross!
Other Ways to Help
Go to to donate or volunteer. Call 739-8109 for credit card donations or send check to the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Beyond responding to disaster victims with caring and compassion, the mission of the American Red Cross is about saving lives, and the Hawaii State Chapter does just that by training over 30,000 people per year how to save lives through CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding, swimming, nurse aide, babysitting, and pet first aid throughout the state. The Red Cross also provides emergency communications between deployed Hawaii military service members and their loved ones during times of crisis, and provides international tracing services for those torn apart by war or disaster. To support the work of the Red Cross in Hawaii by making a financial donation, call 739-8109 or go online at and make a secure online donation.


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