Bruno Mars is doing his part to make sure thousands of families in Hawaii have a home-cooked meal this Thanksgiving. The “Finesse” singer announced on Sunday, November 11, that he plans to mark the end of his 24K Magic world tour by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the upcoming holiday.
The Grammy winner, who was born in the Aloha State, said he has donated the necessary money for the food to the Salvation Army’s Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division. According to the Associated Press, the division hosts an annual Thanksgiving meal program to help those who otherwise would be unable to afford a holiday dinner.
The number of meals Mars opted to donate is a shout-out to the name of his song, album and 24K Magic world tour. What’s more? The 2014 Super Bowl Halftime performer’s contribution is “single-handedly expanding [the program’s] reach across the state,” according to a press release. It’s also bringing meals to home-bound individuals.
The massive charitable act comes as Mars, 33, wrapped up his most recent concert tour, which just about ended on Sunday with the last of three shows at Honolulu’s 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium. The 200-date tour, which kicked off in March 2017, had taken Mars all over the world. After a brief break following the Hawaii dates, Mars will formally conclude the tour in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve 2018.
Ahead of his first Hawaii concert on Friday, November 9, Mars expressed the joy he felt about returning to perform in his home state. “Let’s have a good time tonight Hawaii! Most importantly, let’s show love and aloha to everyone driving down and attending the concert,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’ve missed you all and I can’t wait to perform and sing on the island I call home. See you tonight!!”
In August 2017, Mars flexed his charitable muscle when he surprised a Michigan crowd by announcing a $1 million donation to aid victims of the ongoing Flint water crisis. He also provided scholarships to send students to Grammy Music Camp the following month and donated to Alabama tornado relief efforts in 2011.
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