One of the largest islands in Hawai‘i, Maui, just experienced a devastating wildfire that burnt down many homes and businesses and displaced thousands of residents. It’s officially the deadliest wildfire in modern US history, and the community is reeling.
A total of 2,200 buildings and other structures have been damaged or destroyed as of Friday, while 2,170 acres have been burned, and the death toll continues to rise. How can you help?
There are a host of organizations working to provide for the people affected by the wildfires. These include the Hawai‘i Community Foundation with its “Maui Strong” fund. Consider donating if you can.
American Red Cross of Hawaii
To locate and support displaced people, the American Red Cross of Hawai‘i has stepped in. It’s working in the region to help people access information, eat a hot meal, charge their phones, pick up relief supplies, and access health services.
The largest network of food banks in the US, Feeding America, is in Maui to provide food and supplies to the people that need it. By donating to them you can help feed people affected by the wildfire.
Animals and pets have been just as severely affected by the fires, and the Maui Humane Society is accepting donations to help care for displaced pets lost in the chaos.
Many locals are calling for a stoppage of tourism in Maui while people recover, so consider postponing any Hawai‘i travels for the time being.
Above all else, the region is dealing with a traumatic event so just show your support.