Fresh off his global music tour, Bruno Mars is giving back in a big way. He has teamed up with the Salvation Army to provide 24,000 Thanksgiving dinners to residents of his home state of Hawaii.

The performer just wrapped up his critically acclaimed 200-date ’24K Magic World Tour’ in his hometown state of Hawaii this past Sunday, Nov 11. Mars ended the tour with a record-breaking, sold-out, three-night homecoming performance stand at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The previous record-holders belonged to U2 and none other than Michael Jackson who previously performed two consecutive sold-out nights at the venue, reports AXS.

Back in October 2015, Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency due to the growing problem of homelessness in the state. “Homelessness remains a serious issue in every county throughout the state,” said Ige. Last year it was reported that more than 50 out of every 10,000 Hawaii residents were homeless, double the number of homelessness in 43 other states.

In a statement, the Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division Divisional Leader Major Jeff Martin said in a statement “we are humbled and honored by this generous donation from Hawaii’s own Bruno Mars. Because of his amazing gift, 24,000 meals will be provided to those in need on this Thanksgiving holiday in Hawaii. Bruno is a shining example of how people in Hawaii step forward and take care of one another and we are grateful to him for his aloha and kokua.”

The Next Leap Forward

The beautiful thing about the holidays is that people feel more generous than normal. But what if that generosity extended throughout the year? Being homeless in February is really no different than being homeless in November. Homelessness is a growing phenomenon that will require some of the biggest Brink Thinkers of our time to solve. The problem is not going away. It continues to multiply with every passing season.

Brink Notes:
National Homeless:
National Alliance to End Homelessness:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin:
HHS.GOV Resources:
Volunteers of America: