On Thursday, August 22nd, HiTel FCU participated in the annual Radiothon for Kids! Kapiolani Hospital for Women and Children uses all proceeds from the event to support Hawaii families who are in financial need while receiving care.
The amazing crew of KSSK broadcasted from the dining commons of the hospital while our team manned the phones. We cheered on the listeners and encouraged them to pick up their phones and donate.
After our shift, our special friends, Yoko and Kalea, made a few visits around the children’s wing. The keiki were so happy to make new friends with our ladybug and turtle.
The radiothon was a huge success! They raised over $150,000!
Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. Toys for tots aims to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas, to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
We will be collecting unopened toys from now until December 14th! To show our keiki how fun giving can be, we are giving each Kids Club member who brings in a unused and unopened toy by December 14th a FREE* Kids Club lunch tote! Let’s all get into the holiday spirit by giving to Toys for Tots!
This week we participated in the Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids with KSSK! The radiothon raised money to benefit the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.
The miracle network, composed of 170 hospitals nationwide, seeks to help as many children as possible by keeping funds in the community to help local children. 100% of the money raised in Hawaii stays in Hawaii to help children regardless of their ability to pay.
Because of this great cause, 11 volunteers from our staff met up at 7:00 A.M., boarded a shuttle bus, and made our way to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. We arrived at the complex and headed to the radiothon headquarters in the hospital’s cafeteria. After a quick overview of how the radiothon works we went out to man the “phone bank”. We answered calls and dialed-out to raise as much money as we could! During power-hour, Panda Restaurants pledged to match the funds we collected within that hour, and the calls came more frequently. Feeling like we were making a difference was so satisfying, everyone left with a giant smile on their faces.
The radiothon raised over $168,000 in two days. We’d like to thank everyone who called in and donated to this awesome cause.