Yesterday, May 13th, kicked off the start of National Salvation Army Week, which runs until the 19th.

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower’s signed a declaration making one week in May the officially recognized Salvation Army Week all across the US. Eisenhower stated in his proclamation:

Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood … Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

During this week, we would like to thank everyone who helps makes all the work we do possible – the countless volunteers, donors, and supporters. To thank you, many of our family thrift stores will be having promotions and discounts! All of our Oahu stores will be having 50% off on Saturday, May 18th, and many of our stores on the outer islands will be having discounts as well!

Once again, THANK YOU for all that you do! Have a great Salvation Army Week!

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Psalm 37:3

We hope you had a great week! In case you missed it, here’s some amazing stories about The Salvation Army from this week!

The Salvation Army in Johnson City, TN is looking for volunteers for their Flowers for Hope program.
The Dallas Cowboys traded footballs for baseballs and raised $43,000 for The Salvation Army!
The National Salvation Army week starts on Monday!

Have a blessed weekend everyone!

Did you know that when you donate to The Salvation Army in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands, 81¢ of every dollar goes to help our many programs and services throughout the islands?

Those 81¢ go to help needy people throughout the islands – whether it is through our food pantries, addiction recovery services, or adult day care. We use your money to do the most good to help those who need it most.

Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will be highlighting our many programs and services so you can learn more about how your money helps those in need. Don’t forget to stay connected with us through Facebook and Twitter for the latest blog posts!

You say, “It’s impossible.” God Says, “All things are possible with me.”
Matthew 19:26

Check out these amazing stories from The Salvation Army around the US!

3 Reasons Why You Should Thrift Your Way to Prom (The Salvation Army USA)
Entenmenn’s Honors The Salvation Army and National Donut Day (The Salvation Army West)
Flood Update: Fargo Teens Pitch In (The Salvation Army Northern Division)
National Day of Prayer (Western Territorial Commander, Jim Knaggs)

Have a great weekend!

What does it mean to volunteer?

Many people will have many different answers.  But most people would say they love to give back to the community, or the feeling they get when they help others, or just serving.  Some may say they learn new skills and others like The Salvation Army because its a religious organization.

So what are you waiting for? Volunteer with us and let’s see what you’ll have to say!

Volunteers help The Salvation Army in its mission to help others without discrimination.  Many of our opportunities involve either collection or distribution of food, clothing or monetary donations that go back directly into our programs to help those in most need.

What does a volunteer do?  Our volunteer opportunities are continuing to grow and are new, creative and adventurous.  Hundreds of volunteers have helped with our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Oahu.  Others have helped collect food, clothing and money through our Red Kettles.  Many have fun helping out at community events like Wet n Wild Hawaii, or with face painting, petting zoos, and Target Back-To-School Shopping Spree.

So we invite you to join us in reaching our communities and helping change lives through volunteering your time, skills, and efforts in various ways.

Who knows what will be next?