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Salvation Army Offers Financial Assistance to Residents Affected by Flooding

December 22, 2021, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated December 22, 12:35 PM
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The Salvation Army is offering assistance for those who experienced damage from recent flooding in Hawai‘i.

Following recent heavy rains and flooding events throughout the state, The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division will host assistance events next week at Salvation Army Corps locations on O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island. The events will offer financial assistance for those with damage to their residence who previously reported damage to their respective counties, as well as emotional and spiritual care.

“In addition to offering these events for survivors, many in our communities also have been asking us how they can help those in need,” said Victor Leonardi, divisional director of Emergency Services and Safety for The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division. “During emergencies, the best way to help is to provide monetary donations which allows the delivery of the exact relief supplies needed within a community. Plus, The Salvation Army uses 100% of all donations designated ‘disaster relief’ in support of disaster operations.”

Assistance events are scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at The Salvation Army Hilo Temple Corps located at 219 Ponahawai St. in Hilo.

To receive financial assistance, residents’ addresses must match county or Red Cross damage assessment reports. If residents have not yet reported damages to the county, they should do so prior to the event or by calling 211 for assistance,

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Residents are encouraged to bring a state-issued ID or driver’s license showing the correct address and proof of residency, if possible, such as a bill or official mail showing their address, to help complete paperwork. Residents of the Big Island can report damage by calling Hawai‘i County Civil Defense at 808-935-0031.

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CDC guidelines will be followed during the events and attendees must wear a mask and maintain social distancing while waiting.

Those in need, who are unable to attend and have reported damage to the county can click here and complete the flood survivor form or call The Salvation Army Flood Relief Hotline at 808-440-1811.

Anyone interested in donating to help those in need can do so on The Salvation Army Hawai‘i website. Listings of current volunteer opportunities also can be found on the site.

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