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Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson commit $10M to make payments to people on Maui who are unable to return to their homes after deadly fire

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  • Forecasters cautioned on Wednesday that strong winds and low humidity raised the risk of rapid fire spread in the western regions of each Hawaiian island, although not as severe as the winds that fueled the deadly inferno three weeks earlier.
  • The Entertainment Industry Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that assists celebrities in managing their charitable endeavors, is sponsoring the fund, as stated in the announcement.

Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson have pledged $10 million towards providing direct assistance to individuals on Maui who are unable to return to their homes due to the wildfires. They announced the establishment of a new fund, the People’s Fund of Maui, on Thursday.

Through the People’s Fund of Maui, adults who cannot return to their primary residences because of the recent wildfires will receive $1,200 per month in financial assistance.

The fund will also aim to gather donations to prolong the duration of its support.

During the wildfires, Johnson and Winfrey pondered, “How can we assist?” in a video accompanying the announcement. They expressed their deliberations on the most effective way to channel their efforts, ultimately concluding, “You want to address the most pressing needs of the people, and that means providing them with financial assistance.”

They eagerly anticipate the support of “every person who called me and said, ‘What can I do?'”

Winfrey emphasized in the video, “This is what you can do.”

Winfrey, who resides part-time on Maui, visited an emergency shelter on the island in the aftermath of the wildfire.

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The fires claimed the lives of at least 115 individuals, with an unspecified number still missing. The blaze that swept through the historic town of Lahaina on August 8 marked the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in over a century.

Forecasters cautioned on Wednesday that strong winds and low humidity raised the risk of rapid fire spread in the western regions of each Hawaiian island, although not as severe as the winds that fueled the deadly inferno three weeks earlier.

According to the fund’s website, applicants must provide a government ID and a utility bill in their name for a lost or uninhabitable residence to qualify.

In their announcement, Winfrey and Johnson revealed that they sought input from “community elders, leaders, and residents,” including individuals such as Hokulani Holt-Padilla, Keali´i Reichel, Archie Kalepa, Ekolu Lindsey, Kimo Falconer, Tiare Lawrence, Kaimana Brummel, Kaleikoa Ka´eo, Brian Keaulana, Kaimi Kaneholani, Henohea Kane, Paele Kiakona, Ed Suwanjindar, Shep Gordon, and Jason Momoa.

The Entertainment Industry Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that assists celebrities in managing their charitable endeavors, is sponsoring the fund, as stated in the announcement.

Johnson and Winfrey aim for the fund to continue providing assistance to eligible residents for at least six months. However, Winfrey emphasized that the duration of the fund’s operation would ultimately depend on the support and contributions from the American public.

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