Windward Mall Hosts Care Package Drive

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Wednesday - September 02, 2009

Windward Mall Hosts Care Package Drive

Windward Mall and Operation Homefront of Hawaii kicks off Operation Homefront’s holiday care package campaign with an Aloha Holiday Care Package Collection Drive from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 5. Operation Homefront hopes to receive enough donations to mail 500 care boxes to troops to help them celebrate the holidays. Local goodies such as Kona coffee, mochi crunch, macadamia nuts, crack seed, cookies, cuttlefish, University of Hawaii logo wear, Hawaii calendars, slippers as well as small holiday decorations are requested.

For those with a family member or friend overseas, Operation Homefront will accept names and APO addresses to ensure that they receive a package. The collected items will be mailed free of charge to troops overseas in time for the holidays. All donations can be dropped off at Windward Mall’s Center Court. Last year, Windward Mall’s Holiday Care Package Drive collected more than three tons of local goodies for Hawaii troops and raised more than $1,000 in cash donations.

Operation Homefront was established in 2007 to provide emergency and morale assistance to deployed troops, the families they leave behind and wounded warriors when they return home. Operation Homefront organizes an aloha care package drive twice a year (in time for Independence Day as well as for the holidays). More than 500 aloha care packages are mailed to our deployed troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait during every drive, and 1,000 boxes were sent out in the last year. In addition to the care package drive at Windward Mall, shoppers also can enjoy a lineup of family-friendly activities, including music by acoustic recording artist Kona from noon to 1 p.m., letter-writing sponsored by Fresh Inc Stationery from 1 to 3 p.m., the Star 101.9 Prize Wheel from 1 to 3 p.m., and a performance by Kevin Jones from 3 to 4 p.m.

Windward Mall also has a special “Military Monday” discount program, which offers 15 percent off qualified purchases on the first Monday of each month at more than 25 participating eateries and retailers, including Farrell’s, Local Motion, Mastercuts, Ben & Jerry’s, Cathedral Gift Shop, Get Wet!, Hot Topic, IHOP, Koolau Pets, Little People Hawaii, T&C Surf, Taco Del Mar and Ruby Tuesday. The program is open to all active-duty, retired military and qualified military family members with a valid U.S. Military ID. Some restrictions apply.


For more information, visit or call 235-1143.

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