A Message from Our Divisional Leaders


Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

This week we honor the brave men and women who have served our country. In honor of Veterans Day, our Kroc Center will open their doors to all active and retired military, and first responders (police, fire, paramedics) for free tomorrow, Nov. 11. Learn more here.

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If you’re flipping through the pages of Hawaii Business on the newsstands, you might come across an article on Major John Chamness and The Salvation Army’s initiative to stem poverty at its core through helping homeless families find stable jobs, safe homes, and a community of support. This initiative, the Pathway of Hope, is still going strong since it first launched in April. Our goal is to have 50 families on our caseload by the end of the year. We encourage you to pick up the latest copy of Hawaii Business and read how we are tackling the homeless issue in our islands by visiting your nearest local newsstand or subscribe online.

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This holiday season has arrived sooner than we expected! Our programs and corps across the division are gearing up to serve thousands on Thanksgiving Day. We are so grateful for the community donations and volunteers that have come together to help us host a dinner open to anyone who is hungry or simply in need of fellowship. For a listing of our Thanksgiving Dinners across the division, visit our website.

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What would the holiday season be without our iconic red kettles? Be on the lookout for our red kettles at Walmart or CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs. If you’d like to be a virtual bell ringer, you can also donate to our Online Red Kettle by texting “HIKETTLE”to 71777 or simply visit our website and start your own red kettle that you can share with friends.

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If you’d like to give to a keiki or kupuna in need this holiday season, our Angel Tree program is the best way to fulfill someone’s Christmas wish. Central Pacific Bank and Hawaii News Now have partnered to have Angel Tree tags that you may pull and fulfill from Nov. 23 to Dec. 16.

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If you prefer to give monetary donations so that we can fulfill their wishes, Burger King and Aloha United Way will be taking in donations at all Burger King locations in Hawaii from now until Dec. 13.

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

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