Hawaii banks teaming up for Philippines typhoon relief

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Nov 18 2013 03:42:54 PM HST
Updated On: Nov 18 2013 04:06:36 PM HST
HONOLULU -

It just got a lot easier to help with typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

All of Hawaii's banks have teamed up to do what they do best, collect money.

"Effective (Monday), all 300 locations of the 11 banks in Hawaii will begin accepting donations from our generous and caring community members for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan," said Edward Pei, executive director for the Hawaii Bankers Association.

Bank leaders said money raised will go to the American Red Cross, Filipino Community Center and the Consuelo Foundation, not just for immediate needs, but long-term ones.

"We will be sharing our donations with the Philippines Red Cross Society in helping them to provide humanitarian aid within the Philippines in the way of humanitarian packages, like food and water and medicine and also mosquito nets for those in need," said Maria Lutz, director of emergency services for the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter.

Consuelo Foundation President and CEO Jon Matsuoka said, "We're very much interested in restoring appropriate housing, restoring livelihoods and our mission at the foundation is really to promote the well-being of children and families."

The Hawaii-based Consuelo Foundation has offices in the Philippines and said it will make sure the money goes to the right hands.

"We want to make sure our donors will have the confidence that their money they contribute has a big impact in the Philippines," said Filipino Community Center board chair Edmund Aczon.

Donations will be accepted at all banks at least through the end of the year.

First Hawaiian Bank said it will waive wire transfer fees for its personal account customers interested in sending support directly to families and friends in the Philippines through Dec. 31.

In a similar effort for the 2011 Aloha for Japan campaign, banks collected more than $3 million.

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