7 Ways to Support the Maui Wildfire Victims from Chicago

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The devastating wildfires that have swept through Maui, described by Hawaii’s governor as the worst natural disaster in the state’s history, have left unimaginable destruction in their wake. With a tragic loss of a 115 lives, alongside 2,000 homes destroyed and close to 1,000 people reported missing, the extent of the tragedy is overwhelming. This article outlines 7 practical ways for Chicago residents to support the victims of these Maui Wildfires, highlighting the power of collective compassion in times of crisis.

Tutore Cooking School

Man Rolling Pasta

Join Tutore Cooking School, Chicago’s newest Italian culinary haven, for a meaningful initiative this Labor Day weekend. From August 31st to September 2nd, Tutore Cooking School is hosting three pasta making classes, with a heartwarming twist: 100% of the class proceeds will directly aid families displaced by the devastating Maui wildfires.

The classes on August 31st, September 1st, and September 2nd offer exciting recipes like Risotto, Pasta 101, and Gnocchi. You can register for the classes here. Additionally, Tutore Cooking School is supporting Waimea’s GoFundMe page, providing an avenue for those interested in contributing further.

Where: Tutore Cooking School, 2755 W Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

When: August 31st (Risotto Class): 6pm to 8pm

September 1st (Pasta 101): 6pm to 8pm

September 2nd (Gnocchi): 6pm to 8pm

Water Tower Place

The Water Tower Place has introduced a donation box in their Michigan Avenue lobby. They welcome items such as blankets, pillows, bedding, toiletries, batteries, flashlights, new clothing, shoes, toys, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, non-perishable food, and gift cards for Costco, Walmart, and Home Depot. The intention is to send these contributions to their sister properties on Oahu and the Big Island. There, partnering charitable organizations will ensure the distribution of these items to those who require them.

LondonHouse

LondonHouse is reaching out to offer assistance in the wake of the catastrophic Maui fires. Chef Liz Sweeney, once a Maui resident, has lent her touch to LondonHouse’s menu with a distinctive creation. The Loco Moco dish, a refined twist on a Hawaiian favorite, goes far beyond taste. With elements like Angus beef, SPAM fried rice, aged shoyu, bone marrow demi, and a fried egg, it symbolizes both comfort and solidarity.

From now until September’s end, LondonHouse will contribute a portion of each Loco Moco sale to aid fire-affected individuals. The proceeds will bolster Chef Liz’s former restaurant group, Merriman’s, as they tirelessly provide relief. Merriman’s efforts include serving over 5,000 meals to displaced families, first responders, and those caught in the crisis. To learn more, click here.

Chicago Chefs Cook for Maui

In response to the wildfires, “Chicago Chefs Cook for Maui” has launched an online auction from August 23rd to September 3rd, 2023. This initiative aims to raise funds for the Chef Hui Maui Hospitality Relief Fund, which aids Maui restaurants, hospitality workers, and families affected by the fires.

Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Chef Hui Maui Hospitality Relief Fund, offering assistance to displaced individuals. For more information about Chicago Chefs Cook, visit their website. The live auction is accessible at here and runs until September 3rd, 2023. Stand with solidarity to restore Maui’s food and hospitality scene by participating in this impactful initiative!

Maui Food Bank

Maui Food Bank Team

The Maui Food Bank is currently seeking both financial contributions and donations of food and essential supplies. What’s remarkable is that Chicago residents, despite being 4,000 miles away, can actively participate in supporting this cause. Furthermore, there’s an innovative way for them to get involved – by organizing virtual food drives for their businesses, schools, places of worship, community service clubs, or neighborhoods!

Hawaii Community Foundation

Recognizing that physical donations might pose challenges for some individuals, monetary contributions offer a more convenient option. By clicking on the provided link, both here and above, Chicagoans have the opportunity to offer vital financial support to those in need, bridging a distance of 4,000 miles with the Hawaii Community Foundation. 

Maui Fire & Disaster Relief

Maui Fire & Disaster Relief is actively addressing urgent requirements through daily approval of grants to local grassroots organizations that prioritize fundamental necessities. All donations directed to Maui United Way have a direct impact on Hawaii, ensuring that 100% of the contributions remain within the local community. Chicago residents have the opportunity to contribute and make a difference!

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