Week 1: Jan 19 – 23
Major Lani and I hope that all of you were able to spend time with your loved ones over the holidays. Mahalo Nui Loa to ALL of you and your service to the community through Thanksgiving, Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, Fill the Truck,Live Nativity and the Red Kettle Campaign. We would not be able to reach our goals and start the new year strong without your help!
With the New Year comes new ideas and hopes to build a stronger sense of community throughout our Division as we continue to strive to be of service to those who are in most need. Each week, we will share with you some of the upcoming events and latest news from our Divisional Headquarters. This will be an ongoing process and we look forward to hearing your feedback on how to best develop this means of communication.
2015 is a chance for us to reflect on the impact that The Salvation Army made on over 117,000 lives throughout the Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” One of the most powerful things we can offer those we serve is the opportunity for a bright future and hope. With hope comes education, stable jobs and recovery for families that have endured hardship. The Salvation Army is prepared to arm these individuals with the tools and resources they need to become sufficient.
This year, we are excited to publicly launch our Pathway of Hope initiative and will keep you posted on further announcements via this blog. You’ll also see how the work that you do on a daily basis fuels a movement within our Corps and Programs that will change lives in 2015.
Lani and I are deeply grateful for your service alongside of us and we look forward to your continued partnership to support our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The work that The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands has done for our community in 2014 would not have been possible without all of you! Mahalo Nui Loa and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!
The Salvation Army Live Nativity in Manoa has been cancelled tonight due to the weather forecast. Performances will resume tomorrow and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Stay safe. Mahalo!
On Friday, our Divisional Leader, Major John Chamness, was able to run a few miles with ultra-endurance athlete Jason P. Lester to raise money for presents for keiki this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program in Kona.
And this Sunday morning…Jason is finally pau! 72 hours later, 216+ miles, and hundreds of lives changed.
Mahalo to Jason Lester for showing dedication, perseverance, and love to our keiki in most need this Christmas Season!
Instead of a mad dash for the latest holiday sale, one Kona man challenged to himself and others to run for a good cause: to bring every keiki in need a gift for Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Endurance athlete and 2009 ESPY Award Winner Jason P. Lester will run for 72 hours straight to raise awareness for children in need in his community and raise money to buy them gifts for Christmas.
His challenge begins tomorrow morning (Dec. 11) at 8 a.m. at the Loloku Street and Ha’a intersection in Kailua-Kona. “For every mile I run, I would like to provide a gift to a child for Christmas,” said Lester. For those who prefer to donate cash, Lester will have The Salvation Army’s red kettle on hand.
Lester shares his reason for running to give back to kids in Kona, he is inspired to run in honor of his dear friend Kaleo Opiopio, who lost his fight to cancer.
The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands would like to thank Mr. Jason P. Lester for his big heart and courage to take on this huge challenge to raise awareness about the families that are not able to buy their children Christmas presents this year.
Gerald, John Lee, Jr., Jaime and Richard are all clients at The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center.
It has been ten years since 52-year-old John Lee, Jr. had an eye exam. It was never really one of his priorities. Today LensCrafters provided free eye exams and glasses for Lee and his friends at The Salvation Army (TSA) Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in addition to other TSA programs such as the TSA Adult Treatment Services and the TSA Family Treatment Services. It is a charitable program, called OneSight, that provides vision care through LensCrafters for those who cannot afford it.
Jaime and Lee pick new frames.
For Lee, getting new glasses is a privilege. “We’re pretty lucky, yeah,” he tells one of his friends from ARC, “we get to pick what we want and it’s free.” Lee is four months into Phase 1 of the rehabilitation program. He struggles with an addiction to crystal meth and says his family left him. His wife and 10-year-old daughter now live in Oregon, where he keeps in touch with them through Facebook. “I have a plan, “ Lee says as he scans the bins full of frame samples, “once I graduate from the second phase of the program, I will go back to school, find a job and see my daughter after she graduates from high school.”
For Lee and his friends, Gerald, Richard and Jaime, receiving an eye exam and getting new glasses is all part of the rehabilitation process. They’re learning how to live healthy, take care of themselves and move onto better things. “Having an eye exam every year is so important because it can detect so many different things about your health, there are things that could be going on internally that you would never know unless you got an eye exam,” said LensCrafters Pearlridge General Manager, Holly Finley. “Today we are helping 61 people…through our One Sight program, we feel it’s important to make sure that vision care is taken care of for everyone.”
Mahalo to LensCrafters’ OneSight program for providing our clients with eye exams and glasses!
Donating or volunteering can be life-changing. #RedKettleReason is our holiday campaign that encourages others to not only give but share their reason for helping others. Here we will post photos of those who share their reason for helping Hawaii’s families in need through The Salvation Army. What is your #RedKettleReason?
Here are a few of our favorites from our Red Kettle Kickoff:
American Savings Bank CEO Richard Wacker shares that he gives back because we are all part of ONE BIG COMMUNITY.
Tracy Taylor from First Hawaiian Bank rings her bell and donates to The Salvation Army because giving back MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
Bank of Hawaii’s Director of Human Resources Jean Hamakawa simply says: IT FEELS GOOD to give back!
To see more of the #RedKettleReason(s) we snapped on the street, visit our Facebook page.
What are you thankful for?
Our 44th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Oahu will be held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.
Mahalo to those who have helped us make this possible.
Join us Downtown on the corner of Bishop Street and King Street for our Red Kettle and Angel Tree Kickoff on Monday, Nov. 24!
Share your #redkettlereason!