Salvation Army celebrates by giving back

The Salvation Army has a lot to celebrate, and when its official week begins Monday, it wants to give back to the community.

Through May 20, shoppers will receive a 50 percent discount on clothing when they shop at the Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Lihu‘e and Hanapepe, Captain Mitham Clement, of the Salvation Army, said in a prepared statement.

“It’s the least we can do to give back to the island,” Clement said. “We would like to thank everyone in the community who has been so supportive of the Salvation Army this past year.”

The Salvation Army’s only business on Kaua‘i, as it is everywhere else, is still human business, states a mayoral proclamation announcing the week-long celebration.

Last year, more than 20,000 less fortunate individuals on Kaua‘i were served by the Salvation Army, comforted through the physical provisions of food, shelter, household items, clothing, utility assistance as well as spiritual enrichment.

There are two Kokua Soup Kitchens that operate under the auspices of the Salvation Army. Through the help of community volunteers, the kitchens offer meals to those in need. At the Lihu‘e Corps, meals are offered twice weekly, while over at the Hanapepe Corps, there is at least one meal a week being served.

Additionally, the Salvation Army provides relief during natural disaster, more specifically, emergency assistance following Hurricane Iniki when thousands of Kaua‘i residents were recipients to benefits provided by the Salvation Army.

During the heavy rains last year, the Salvation Army played a critical role in the relief effort by providing water, hot meals, blankets, clothing, shelter and other basic assistance to relief workers and victims of the flooding disaster.

The Salvation Army continues to play a vital role in the community by reaching out to many needy families and individuals in His Name without discrimination.

Clement said the Salvation Army expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the many Kaua‘i businesses, organizations, service clubs, churches, schools and individuals who have helped and supported its efforts to assist others.

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