115 people are confirmed dead as a result of deadly fires on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. In the town of Lahaina, helping hands abound from across the community, all while processing their own grief. Local resident Laura Baxter, who flew back from vacation just after the fires began shared her story:
“from the minute we touched ground, traumatic pain filled the stories, and I mean, we really couldn’t stop crying for, you know, two days.”
But, Good Samaritans from all over the world are mobilizing to help—including volunteers from Tzu Chi USA. Preparing for their first emergency relief distribution, where impacted households will receive cash cards, Renee Chao, Deputy Director of Tzu Chi USA’s Charity Development Dept., made it clear that:
“We are going to maximize our capacity to support the family impacted by these wildfires.”
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