2 new eruptions confirmed on Big Island; another home destroyed

Posted at 11:34 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 23:34:35-04

The Big Island is seeing an outpouring of support from neighbors and strangers as the Kilauea eruptions continue.

Here's a look at how you can help evacuees:

► Community members have set up a new organization, Pu'uhonua o Puna, to coordinate donations and get information to affected residents. The group has a center on Highway 130 in Pahoa, and donations can be dropped off there from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

► AT&T has activated its text-to-donate line. To donate via phone, text REDCROSS to 90999. That text will send $10 to the American Red Cross and their recovery efforts to assist residents impacted by the eruption and subsequent earthquakes.

► Donations may also be made directly to the American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter by clicking here or calling (808) 739-8109. 

► Emergency Disaster Services and volunteers from the Salvation Army are requesting large-volume meal donations from local restaurants and certified kitchens to meal shelters beginning Wednesday. They also need volunteers to help sort donations and clothing items with the launch of their new voucher program for residents impacted by the Kilauea eruptions. Those wishing to help can call Salvation Army at 808-756-0306 or sign up to volunteer online.

► Donations of food and bottled water can be given to Food Basket or Hawaii Island's Foodbank.

► In addition to monetary donations, the Red Cross is also accepting non perishable food items, fresh fruit, canned goods, and disposable coffee cups. Those wishing to donate should note that the Red Cross can only accept these items.

► GoFundMe has a page listing several funds that have been started to support families and individuals affected by the Kilauea eruptions.

► Several local businesses and organizations have also pitched in to support Big Island residents affected by the destructive lava flows. On Sunday, First Hawaiian Bank donated $50,000 to provide support to Big Island residents displaced by recent eruptions. The bank partnered with Child and Family Service to offer direct assistance to affected residents with transitional housing and counseling for individuals and families with children experiencing trauma.

They are also collecting donations at all 61 branches in Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan as part of their Aloha Hawaii Fund, to provide relief for victims of the Kilauea eruptions, as well as recovery efforts for flood victims on Kauai and East Oahu.

► Customers at any Foodland or Sack N' Save in Hawaii will also be able to donate $5, $10, or $20 to help Big Island residents displaced by the eruptions, beginning on Wednesday. 

► HILife will also be donating a percentage of its proceeds from their Kokua collection to assist the Salvation Army's recovery and relief efforts for the recent flood and eruption victims on Kauai, East Oahu, and the Big Island.

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