David & Bernadette

The Salvation Army Extends Efforts to Help Kupuna in Need

kupuna couple holding mahalo sign

David and Bernadette are retired kupuna living at a Kaneohe senior living center. Though they live on a fixed income, they had been able to take care of themselves for the last 12 years. That is, until now.

officer carrying food box to kupuna couple

“Before, we were able to make ends meet,” David says. “We retired years ago and taking care of ourselves on a fixed income is extremely hard. But now with this pandemic, we can’t leave. It’s hard enough when you’re older; and now it’s even more difficult. We’re stuck here.”

Fortunately, officers at The Salvation Army Kaneohe Corps are offering their kokua. David and Bernadette and several other kupuna living in their building are now receiving free food boxes, delivered directly to their apartment every week.

“The wonderful people at The Salvation Army are always so willing to help,” Bernadette exclaims. “Whenever I see them delivering food, they’re smiling from ear to ear. They make us feel happy during a time like this. They don’t make us feel like we’re ‘less than’ — they make sure we know that somebody cares about us, thinks about us, and that we’re not forgotten.”

David adds, “They deliver more than just food. They deliver us hope and faith in the middle of all this —and that’s amazing.”

officer carrying food box to kupuna couple

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