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Supporting Maui Fire Victims: Where to Donate and Make a Difference

American Red Cross - Hawaii Chapter

I was unable to sleep Friday night.  It’s not unusual for me to wake up in the night.  My failsafe go-to is to turn on a podcast.  99 times out of 100 I get right back to sleep easily.  

Friday night the podcast I selected was an episode of “The Daily” entitled “How A Paradise Became a Death Trap”.  It was a first-person account of what a Lahaina resident experienced the afternoon of August 8.  After listening I could not go back to sleep.

Safe places to donate to Maui Fire Victims

At Gates Pass Advisors, part of our mission is to help those who are experiencing a life transition lead lives of financial balance and personal well-being.  In times like these, extending a helping hand can make a world of difference to those who have lost their homes, belongings, and sense of security. If you’re wondering how to contribute to the recovery efforts of the Maui fire victims, here’s a list of reputable organizations and initiatives that you can support.

  1. Maui Food Bank: https://mauifoodbank.org/
  2. American Red Cross – Hawaii Chapter: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/wildfire-relief/hawaii-wildfires.html
  3. Maui Humane Society:https://www.mauihumanesociety.org/
  4. United Way: https://mauiunitedway.org/reliefinfo
  5. Maui Community Organization: https://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/strengthening/maui-strong-fund

Be wary of scams on sites like GoFundMe

A final word about GoFundMe Campaigns: Be wary of GoFundMe campaigns unless you know the person.  Anyone can set one up and very sadly these can turn out to be scams.

Many of our clients have experienced tragic life losses.  What they often report as they navigate their stages of transition to the “New Normal” is that the kindness of people made a huge amount of difference in not feeling so alone.  

Make giving a part of your financial strategy

The aftermath of the Maui fire calls for unity and compassion as the community comes together to support those who have been affected. By donating to reputable organizations and initiatives, you can make a positive impact on the lives of the fire victims, helping them rebuild their homes and find hope amid the challenges they face. If you want to learn more about how to make giving a part of your financial strategy, you can contact us any time. 

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