Updated on November 13, 2015
Changing lives one plate at a time
Corps Community Centers on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Guam, and Saipan open their hearts and doors to feed hungry neighbors each year. “Helping those in our community have a more joyful Thanksgiving Day is what makes our holiday season fulfilling. Many businesses and individuals help us to make it possible. We want to reach and encourage those in need and let them know they are not alone; there will always be someone there to care and help them,” said Sarah Sloan, who is a coordinator for the annual Thanksgiving dinner on Oahu. “It’s really the community donations, schools, corporate partnerships, and volunteers that drive the success of our event,” adds Colleen Itano, a coordinator for the signature Salvation Army event on Oahu. More than 800 people volunteer for the Oahu event, for most, it is a family tradition to volunteer together during the holiday.
“You’ll see people who have nowhere to go for a hot meal – seniors, children, individuals and families – anyone who is looking for a place to belong and want companionship come to our tables. No one is turned away at The Salvation Army’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s a festive event, with decorations contributed by school children, as well as entertainment provided by volunteers during the meal.” said Itano. The Salvation Army’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner not only provides a hot meal, but has also provided blood pressure screening and spiritual services as well.
Thanks to our supporters and volunteers across Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan, The Salvation Army’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is able to feed thousands in the islands and offer them resources. Many families have benefited from attending the annual dinner. “My wife and three kids came to this dinner last year. I found the courage to ask one of the staff about assistance for food on a weekly basis and they pointed me towards their Family Services Office in town,” said John Silva. “In just a short time, I found a better job and we’re doing well.”
Visit our website to view a list of locations for Thanksgiving Dinner.