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Red Cross of Hawaiʻi received $1.7 million in posthumous gifts from three estates

January 3, 2022, 11:36 AM HST
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The estates of the three donors contributed a combined $1.7 million in 2021 to the American Red Cross of Hawaiʻi to support disaster response and preparedness. Photo Courtesy: American Red Cross of Hawaiʻi

In 2021, the American Red Cross of Hawaiʻi received $1.7 million bequeathed by the estates of three donors, the largest contributions to the organization in many years.

These posthumous gifts are a powerful resource for supporting the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering and ensuring a legacy of community resilience. 

Robert G. Schmidt, a veteran described as a man of few words and a big heart, gifted $1 million to the Red Cross along with other non-profits and Kaumakapili Church in Honolulu. It was only after his passing that his anonymity was lifted after years of contributions.

The estate of Peggy Whipperman donated $554,000 in conjunction with a property sale in Hilo; and the estate of Natalie Mahoney donated $145,000.

Their donations will go to support the programs of the Hawaiʻi Red Cross in disaster response and preparedness. 

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“These gifts speak to the desire to create a lasting legacy in ensuring our Hawaiʻi Red Cross can fulfill our mission of helping those in the community in the face of disasters and emergencies,” said Diane Peters-Nguyen, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region. “Each donation represents lives touched in a powerful and positive way that can then be passed on to the next person in need.” 

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To establish your own legacy of giving and community support with the Red Cross, please visit redcross.org/Hawaii or email our Regional Gift Planning Officer Art Stine at [email protected]

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