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The Salvation Army Celebrates LEON Day

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In celebration of the half-way point until Christmas, The Salvation Army celebrates LEON Day, Noel spelled backwards, on June 25.

Each year, bell ringers and red kettles situate themselves at popular shopping locations to collect donations during the holiday season. During LEON Day, bell ringers and red kettles follow similar suit, reminding shoppers that donations are needed for community programs and services year round.

This year, bell ringers will be at five Big Island locations, two in Hilo and three in Kona.  In Hilo, the locations include the Longs Drugs location on Puainako Street and at the Hilo Walmart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Kona, volunteers will be at Longs Drugs stores on Palani Road and Alii Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Kona Walmart on Henry Street is another location that will host bell ringers from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“It’s about six months until Christmas and LEON is here to remind Hawai’i that there is a need for funds throughout the year to assist our local communities and families,” said Major John Chamness, the Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army of Hawai’i. “The Salvation Army served more than 117,000 last year in islands with our community outreach and programs. We encourage everyone in Hawai’i to help us fill our red kettles and support their local community of LEON Day!”


Along with the Big Island locations, red kettles will be stationed across the state.

To learn more about LEON Day, visit The Salvation Army Hawai’i website.


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