Isle businesses to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Many island businesses are continuing efforts to collect donations and raise money to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
* The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, will hold a garage sale from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the hotel’s main ballroom. The sale is open to the public, and all proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.
The hotel aims to raise $10,000 by Thanksgiving. On their own, employees have been selling food over the past 10 days to raise funds. For more information, call 875-4100.
* Members of the Hawaii Bankers Association are accepting donations for the disaster victims.
Participating banks include American Savings, Bank of Hawaii, Bank of the Orient, Central Pacific, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian, Hawaii National, HomeStreet, Ohana Pacific, Pacific Rim and Territorial Savings.
The funds from the banks may be either donated to the Filipino Community Center – Aloha for Philippines or the American Red Cross – Aloha for Philippines. Check donations may be made payable to either group.
The nonprofit FilCom Center’s donations will be matched by the Consuelo Foundation, up to $2 million, according to an announcement.
* Compassion In Action – Maui is collecting monetary donations to help pastors rebuild lives and damaged facilities and continue to service victims in their areas. CIA-Maui, is the benevolent arm of the Wailuku Door of Faith Church. It has a 40-year relationship with churches throughout the Philippines, a news release said.
Donations may be placed in Jesus Loves The Little Children collection boxes at Maui businesses or mailed to CIA-Maui, P.O. Box 661, Wailuku 96793.
For more information, or if businesses would like to host a collection box, call 244-1286.
* As of last week, the Hawaii Red Cross had 64 cases of those looking for missing family members in the Philippines. Out of those cases, 10 were closed after families were able to contact their loved ones.
The family tracing hot line is (808) 739-8115. Callers should leave a message with their name and phone number. Callers should be able to give the full name, address and telephone number of the missing relative.
To donate to the Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org, call (800) 733-2767 or mail a check to the Hawaii Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu 96816. Checks should be made payable to “American Red Cross” with “Philippine Typhoon” in the memo line.
* Hawaiian Electric Industries, along with subsidiaries Hawaiian Electric, Hawai’i Electric Light, Maui Electric and American Savings Bank, is contributing $100,000 to the Filipino Community Center of Hawaii for relief efforts in the Philippines.
The donation will be doubled by the Consuelo Foundation.
In addition, HEI Charitable Foundation will match personal donations made by HEI employees and its subsidiaries. Donations made to the FilCom Center will be matched by the Consuelo Foundation.