This week, we were honored to receive a check from Hawaiian Airlines for $5,000! The donation was collected from the organization’s employees and their families from the annual Honolulu City Lights parade.
“We focus not on necessarily the excitement of presents or the commercialism of Christmas, but on the family and us as an organization,” says Hawaiian Airlines’ Community Relations Director, Debbie Nakanelua-Richards.
Families are asked to make a nominal contribution to participate in the parade, and for the last 10 years the monies were collected in an envelope and delivered to Partners in Development Foundation.
This year to honor their employees and their families that give, Nakanelua-Richards delivered a bigger presentation so that everyone at PIDF could see the generous check going to our Ka Paʻalana Homeless Family Education program. She described the giving campaign at Hawaiian Airlines, how about five years ago, charitable giving became a top priority for the organization.
Her leadership with the airline has seen the development of the Hawaiian Airlines Team Kōkua, which oversees the company’s giving, “including the deployment of more than 1,000 employee volunteers and their family members every year to assist and support communities throughout the Islands,” according to a press release.
“It’s been proven that any time you engage in giving, in supporting, in kokua, it often impacts you more than the people you think you’re helping. From our families to your Ka Paʻalana families, we mahalo you.”