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How You Can Help: May 10 Update

May 10, 2018, 9:49 AM HST
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Need continues for large-volume meal donations from restaurants and certified kitchens; volunteers also needed at The Salvation Army’s thrift stores on Hawai‘i Island to help sort donations with launch of new voucher program for residents impacted by lava flow.

Emergency Disaster Services [EDS] personnel and volunteers from The Salvation Army are responding to the current lava flow in Leilani Estates with meal service, hydration, clothing vouchers and emotional and spiritual care at the shelters and the Recovery Information Assistance Center [RIAC] in Pāhoa.

Today’s Updates

MEAL DONATIONS The Salvation Army continues to seek large-volume meal donations from local restaurants and certified kitchens [due to health safety food preparation standards] for meal service at shelters. Contact The Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306. Smaller, home-prepared foods and meals, cannot be accepted for meal service at shelters due to health safety food preparation standards.

VOLUNTEERS Additional volunteers are needed to help sort through expected clothing donations at The Salvation Army’s thrift stores in Honoka‘a, Hilo and Kailua-Kona. For additional details and to sign up to volunteer, visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org and click on the “volunteer” option button on the main page. Current volunteer opportunities can be viewed by entering a local zip code by island.


CLOTHING VOUCHERS The Salvation Army is providing clothing vouchers for those impacted by the current lava flow. Vouchers are being distributed this week at the RIAC in Pāhoa at Sacred Heart Church and at any future disaster RIACs that are established.



During emergencies, the best way the public can help is to provide monetary donations which allows the delivery of the exact relief supplies a community needs. The Salvation Army uses 100% of all donations designated ‘disaster relief’ in support of disaster operations.”

Those wishing to donate food and bottled water should contact Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank, located at 40 Holomua St. in Hilo and 73-4161 Uluwini Place in Kailua-Kona or call (808) 933-6030.


The public is encouraged to support the emergency disaster services efforts via monetary donations at www.hawaii.salvationarmy.org.


Bank of Hawaii Foundation $12,500 for The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts in Hawai‘i Island.


Bank of Hawaii Bank of Hawaii announced that donations to The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts can now be made at any of Bank of Hawaii’s 69 branches across Hawai‘i, the West Pacific Region and American Samoa.

Central Pacific Bank Central Pacific Bank announced its 35 branch locations will be accepting monetary donations to benefit Hawaii disaster relief efforts. Monetary donations will be accepted through May 31, 2018 and will go toward The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts in Hawaii, with the opportunity for customers to designate support of either Hawaii Island or Kauai relief and recovery efforts.
Previously announced contributions to The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts in Hawaii include:

Central Pacific Bank Foundation $20,000

Enterprise, Alamo & National Car Rental Hawaii $5,000

Hawaiian Airlines $50,000

Previously Announced Partnerships

First Hawaiian Bank Aloha for Hawaii Fund to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts for the Kilauea Volcano Eruption on the Big Island and recovery efforts for flooding on Kauai and in East Oahu. Donations can now be made at any of First Hawaiian Bank’s 61 branches located in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.

Foodland “Aloha for Puna & Pahoa” Disaster Relief (The Salvation Army). Customers will be able to make monetary donations at all Foodland and Sack N Save stores and Malama Markets in Hawaii in $5, $10 or $20 amounts beginning May 9. Donations will go towards The Salvation Army’s EDS efforts.

HiLife – Kokua Collection A percentage of the proceeds from various HiLife clothing items in their Kokua Collection will be donated to Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands division to assist with their relief efforts to victims of recent devastating floods on Oahu and Kauai as well as erupting volcano on Hawai‘i island. For details, go online.

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