How to Help Hawaii
Devastating wildfires have burned out of control in Hawaii, destroying thousands of homes and communities, including the historic town of Lahaina on the west coast of Maui. Thousands have evacuated or been displaced, and the wildfires have killed more than 100. The disaster is now the deadliest wildfire in modern U.S. history and the largest natural disaster in Hawaiian history.
Here are some ways to help those affected by the wildfires:
Hawaii Community Foundation
Hawaii Gov. Josh Green shared a link for donations to the Hawaii Community Fundation’s “Maui Strong” fund, designed to provide resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
American Red Cross of Hawaii
The American Red Cross of Hawaii is accepting donations to help those displaced by the wildfires find safe shelters.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is in Maui helping those affected. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767), or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Americares helps communities respond to and recover from disasters.
Feeding America is a national network of food banks, pantries, and community-based organizations, which helps to provide resources during a disaster.
Jewish Federation’s Hawaii Wildfire Fund
Jewish communal organizations are working to support those in need on the ground in Hawaii. Jewish Federation has created a Hawaii Wildfire Fund to support those who need help. Hawaii Wildfire Fund (jotform.com)
Maui Humane Society
The Maui Humane Society is accepting donations through its website and on Facebook to help feed and care for displaced pets. They also have provided an Amazon Wishlist listing needed supplies. Amazon.com
Pacific Whale Foundation
This Maui nonprofit has been using its vessels to transport relief supplies from Maʻalaea Harbor to Kaanapali and is collecting donations at its Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store at the Maʻalaea Harbor Shops. The nonprofit has created a Relief Fund to provide assistance to those whose lives have been impacted by the wildfires.
The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division
The Salvation Army’s Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division is accepting donations to provide meals for the displayed residents in Maui’s emergency shelters.
The Maui Food Bank
The Maui Food Bank is accepting donations to help provide meals for displaced residents.
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. The organization will continue working to get meals to evacuees and emergency workers.
Editor's note: We'll be updating this list as we hear of more opportunities to help.
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