With the news of Lahaina sadly burning almost completely to the ground, we'd like to pass along many ways our faithful listeners can help aid the crisis unfolding in Maui.
How to help the victims
If you want to donate to relief efforts, here are organizations currently accepting donations including money and supplies.
Maui Strong Fund The Maui Strong Fund was created to provide community resilience with resources for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The fund is currently being used to support communities affected by the wildfires on Maui.
The American Red Cross People can help those affected by the fires by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. The Red Cross said the gift enables the organization to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. The Red Cross also asks that donors write "Hawaii Wildfires" in the memo line of a check and mail it with a completed donation form to the address on the form or to their local Red Cross chapter.
FOX/The American Red Cross FOX has teamed up with the American Red Cross to provide vital assistance and relief to the victims of the devastating Hawaii wildfires. The partnership is currently accepting monetary donations.
Maui United Way Maui United Way, an organization committed to enriching and empowering the Maui Community, is accepting online donations for wildfire relief.
Maui Humane Society Pet shelters are expecting an influx of animals who need help as wildfires have displaced thousands. The group is currently accepting online donations.
The Maui Food Bank The Maui Food Bank said its staff is working diligently to supply relief to those in need. The bank is currently accepting online monetary donations, along with food, toiletries and diapers.
Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund The charity said the fund will initially help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, medicine, and shelter. As needs emerge, donations will support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in impacted areas, particularly those working with low-income, historically underserved communities.
The Salvation Army The organization is on the ground right now, overseeing the entire emergency feeding operation for the thousands of evacuees and first responders. The Salvation Army said 100 percent of donations designated for this disaster go toward serving those impacted by the fires.
Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization, is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to help survivors of the wildfires. The organization is taking monetary donations to help provide medicine, hygiene and first aid kits and other relief supplies.
Also, our local friends at Dick's Drive-In believe in taking care of our communities and our world. Simply say “Round Up My Order” the next time you visit Dick’s Drive-In and they’ll match your donations through August 20th in support of The American Red Cross and their aid and response to Maui in their time of need.