As the wildfires on Maui continue to rage, claiming lives and destroying homes, some celebrities are stepping up to offer their support. Among them are Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s richest person, and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor and pilot.
The couple announced on Friday that they will donate $100 million to the American Red Cross to help with the relief efforts on the island. They said in a joint statement that they were “heartbroken” by the devastation caused by the fires and wanted to do their part to help.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and property in Maui. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. We hope that our donation will provide some relief and comfort to the survivors and the responders who are working tirelessly to contain the fires and save lives,” they said.
The donation is one of the largest ever made by Bezos, who has a net worth of over $200 billion, according to Forbes. He has previously donated $10 billion to his Earth Fund, which supports environmental causes, and $2 billion to his Day One Fund, which supports homeless families and preschools.
Sanchez, who has been dating Bezos since 2019, is also a philanthropist and an avid flyer. She owns a company called Black Ops Aviation, which specializes in aerial filming. She has flown helicopters for movies such as Dunkirk and The Bourne Legacy.
The couple’s generosity was praised by many, including Hawaii Governor Josh Green, who thanked them for their “incredible act of kindness”. He said that the donation will make a “huge difference” in the recovery process and help rebuild the communities affected by the fires.
he Maui wildfires, which started on Tuesday night, have been described as “the worst disaster” in Hawaii’s history. They have killed at least 80 people, injured hundreds more, and displaced thousands of residents and tourists. The fires have also damaged or destroyed many historic and cultural landmarks, such as the Waiola Church and the Lahaina Banyan Tree.
The fires were fueled by strong winds from Hurricane Dora, which is located hundreds of miles south of Hawaii. The hurricane has weakened to a tropical storm, but is still expected to bring heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of the state.
The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food, water, and emotional support to those affected by the fires. It is also coordinating with other agencies and organizations to deliver aid and services. Anyone who wants to help can visit the Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.