The Salvation Army EDS Awareness Day

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the past few months, residents of Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island have experienced devastating natural disasters that have impacted their lives.  The Salvation Army will be holding an Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) event in downtown Honolulu this Friday, May 18 at Tamarind Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be information about Emergency Disaster Services including checklists for you and your family, volunteer training opportunities, and general information about the Salvation Army, among other items.

The public is encouraged to support the EDS efforts via monetary donations by donating online at hawaii.salvationarmy.org or by calling The Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306.

During emergencies, the best way the public can help is to provide monetary donations -  which allows the delivery of the exact relief supplies a community needs. The Salvation Army uses 100 percent of all donations designated 'disaster relief' in support of disaster operations. The Salvation Army EDS team continues to provide assistance as needed with meal service, hydration, clothing vouchers and emotional and spiritual care at the shelters and the Recovery Information Assistance Center [RIAC] in Pahoa.

The Salvation Army continues to seek large volume meal donations from local restaurants and certified kitchens [due to health safety food preparation standards] for meal service at shelters. Contact The Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306. Those wishing to donate food and bottled water on the Big Island should contact Food Basket, Hawaii Island's Food Bank. They also are accepting pet food donations. Their number is (808) 933-6030.

Additional volunteers are needed to help sort through expected clothing donations at The Salvation Army's thrift stores in Honokaa, Hilo and Kailua-Kona. For additional details and to sign up to volunteer, visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org and click on the "volunteer" option button on the main page. Current volunteer opportunities can be viewed by entering a local zip code by island.

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