Matthew McConaughey announced Tuesday that he and his family are funding an emergency rescue plane to deliver supplies to Maui amid the deadly wildfires that swept across the island.
In a video shared on the Instagram pages of the actor and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey, he and his son Levi said they partnered with the Baby2Baby organization to fund a plane that is “filled with hundreds of thousands of additional emergency supplies that will have an immediate impact on children and families on Maui.”
Added in the post’s caption, “Grateful that we can help get these critical supplies to children and families in need.”
Last week, a fire fueled by a dry summer and high winds from a passing hurricane swept through the historic town of Lahaina on the island of Maui — the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in more than a century. The current death toll from the fire stood at 99 on Monday Associated Press reported, but that number is likely to increase as crews continue to search neighborhoods.
In the video, McConaughey also explained how Baby2Baby is working with partners on the ground in Maui, including Aloha Diaper Bank, Maui Food Bank, Hawaii Diaper Bank, Pacific Birth Collective, and Maui Rapid Response to help determine “what people need right now.”
“The fires there have forced so many people out of their homes and claimed so many lives. These people need to stabilize to stay alive,” he said. “If you want to help, check out Baby2Baby. Check out the work they are doing or any other way you can help. A lot of help is needed.”
Levi added, “They’re going to need it in the long run, so however you guys can help, it’s appreciated.”
Amid the disaster response, Baby2Baby has been working to provide children’s basic needs to families affected by the wildfires. The organization said other celebrities, including Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Ayesha Curry, Zooey Deschanel, Jenna Dewan, Ciara, Meghan Trainor, Kim Kardashian and January Jones, have also shared their support on social media for Baby2Baby’s emergency response in Maui. Find more information at how to donate here.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency also announced this on Monday additional support and resources were sent to the island. The agency provides temporary housing or financial assistance to those affected, and deploys 300 FEMA employees and 140 search and rescue team members to assist residents.