Hilo Corps Community Center
Urgent Notice: The Salvation Army’s Hilo Thrift Store has been flooded by Lane and closed indefinitely for repairs. Monetary donations are urgently needed to fund ongoing social service programs in East Hawaii because thrift store merchandise sales support those programs and more.
The store, located at 188 Kamehameha Ave. in downtown Hilo, is closed indefinitely to allow for cleanup, repairs, and remodeling as necessary. It is anticipated to be closed for a minimum of one month and perhaps longer. Because the store is the Corps’ primary revenue stream, the closure also creates a real need for monetary donations to support the various programs the Corps provides in Hilo and across East Hawaii.
Among the programs potentially impacted by the lost revenues include homeless outreach three times a week, after school keiki programs, and youth activities, among others. From initial assessments conducted yesterday, the store lost thousands of dollars worth of product and display racks and stands to lose much more, depending on what the environmental cleanup company determines in the coming weeks.
The store’s closure also will potentially impact Pahoa Shelter residents using the Distribution Center. Up to this point, the Distribution Center was able to hand out thrift store vouchers to those in need for clothing, household items and furniture as they rebuild their lives. Now, with the closure of the thrift store in Hilo, the program will need to be curtailed.
Monetary donations are urgently needed to fund ongoing social service programs in East Hawaii. Donations can be made online below.
About The Salvation Army Hilo Corpss
The Salvation Army's Hilo Temple Corps Community Center serves the people of Hawaii residing on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawai'i. In addition to Hilo Corps' function as a church, it provides emergency assistance to families needing help including food, emergency services and clothing vouchers.
It also provides seasonal assistance to families for their special needs during the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the essential back-to-school needs of children.
Three times a week, the Hilo Temple Corps, in partnership with local civic volunteer groups, serves hundreds of homeless and needy individuals a nutritious, hot meal through its Soup Kitchen.
The Hilo and Kona Salvation Army also provide a full range of outreach, prevention and residential services for youths at risk through its Family Intervention Services.
Our Programs and Services
Each year, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands serve thousands in need across our communities with emergency services, meals, clothes, supplies, youth programs, and holiday gifts. The Hilo Corp Community Center offers character building programs, christian education, community recreation programs, day care, music & arts programs, women ministries, and worship services.
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Our motto of "Doing The Most Good" is put into action every day as we change lives, transform our community and remain a steadfast beacon of hope for those in need in Hilo and the surrounding areas.
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