Kind Hearts Make Thanksgiving Possible
Dear Pamela, As we f i nalize preparations for The Salvation Army’s 47th annual free Thanksgiving dinner, we are especially grateful for longtime corporate supporters and volunteers who help us feed 2,000 guests. In addition, we are thankful for the City & County of Honolulu’s generosity in providing the use of Blaisdell Exhibition Hall each year.
We are blessed to have the support of many hotels and corporations. As an example, Kyo-ya, owner of Starwood/ has provided a total of nearly 11,000 servings of turkey and nearly 10,000 servings of stuffing and gravy during the past 24 years through the generosity and culinary team members Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider, and Sheraton Princess Kai‘ulani.
Groups of volunteers make our Thanksgiving dinner service a part of their outreach each year. Among the longtime groups, members of Honolulu Chinatown Lions Club and Roosevelt High School Leo Club volunteer in the dining hall and run our keiki activities outside in the breezeway while guests and their families wait to enter the building. And, who knew there was a Hawai‘i Ski Club? We sure do. They’ve stepped up and volunteered with us now for more than 20 years.
To all who have supported and continue to support our guests in this special Thanksgiving dinner service, we’d like to extend a well-deserved round of APPLAUSE. Maha- lo for helping us “do the most good” in our communities. Jennifer Oyer The Salvation Army Dear Jennifer, Daniel Delbrel, Sheraton throws that APPLAUSE
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