The Salvation Army responding to Waikoloa Village and Waikii Ranch area fire with meals at evacuation center

HONOLULU (Aug. 1, 2020) – With the wildfire on Hawaii Island requiring the evacuation of approximately 14,000 individuals, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced that they are responding by providing meal service at the Old Kona Airport Evacuation Center. The Salvation Army is part of a team of agencies furnishing assistance during events and is a member of the State of Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

“We provided approximately 100 meals at the evacuees sheltering at the Old Kona Airport Evacuation Center on Sunday evening and will be providing additional meal services on Monday,” said Victor Leonardi, Divisional Director of Emergency Services & Safety for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “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. In this case, it will help us provide meals to those in need. Plus, The Salvation Army uses one-hundred percent of all donations designated ‘disaster relief’ in support of disaster operations.”

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