5 ways to help victims of the Maui wildfires
Wildfires have devastated the Hawaiian island of Maui. With a current death toll of 93, a number that is
Wildfires have devastated the Hawaiian island of Maui.
With a current death toll of 93, a number that is expected to climb in coming days, the fires are the deadliest out country has seen in a century. More than $1.3B worth of property has been damaged, according to a preliminary estimate.
The New York Times and NBC are providing live updates on the disaster, which has destroyed more than 2200 structures across the island. Tourists and residents alike were driven out, with some families floating in the Pacific Ocean for hours waiting to be rescued.
Nonprofits and local services are on the ground, feeding and sheltering displaced locals, helping tourists get home, finding missing person and pets, and more.
Here are five of the most effective ways to support them:
1. Donate directly to local charities
The best way to provide relief is to donate to local nonprofits who understand the community they serve. Maui United Way is a 77-year-old nonprofit focusing on the impact areas of education, income and health for Maui residents.
2. Donate your Hawaiian Airlines miles
You can donate your miles to charities including the American Red Cross of Hawai'i and local animal shelters.
3. Buy from Hawaiian businesses
This list from Honolulu Magazine spotlights local small businesses donating proceeds of their sales to disaster relief. Many of these businesses have online stores, which means you can support them no matter where you are in the world.
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This comprehensive list from Honolulu Magazine includes ways to donate to restaurants making meals for survivors, restaurants donating their proceeds to relief efforts, and GoFundMe pages for restaurants and workers affected by the fires. Before donating to a GoFundMe, check the platform's tips for ensuring the campaign is authentic at this link.
5. Donate to the American Red Cross of Hawai'i
There many ways to support the efforts of Maui's local American Red Cross as they deliver direct relief to victims on the island, from donating hotel points to stock.