Lahaina Fire Relief Fundraiser
Helping people and animals in need in Lahaina, Maui County, Hawaii USA
Aug 8th and 9th, 2023 a devastating fire ripped through Lahaina town and neighboring communities. Many people have died and nearly 300 structures were reduced to ashes. Lahaina Harbor and Downtown Lahaina were almost completely destroyed. The image below shows a green ocean front town on the left and a pile of ashes on the right. Residents in nearby communities lost their houses. Many families are looking for shelter and food. Many pets and wildlife are in need of food, shelter, and veterinary care. The loss has yet to sink in or be calculated, and this fundraiser was started to get help to the people and animals in need today. Click the link below to donate to this project. Leave a note that the donation is for the Lahaina Fire Relief Fundraiser and let us know how you would like the donation to be spent. Your donation is tax deductible.
If you would like to send clothes or other items to be given to families whose homes burned down, then please send items to the following address.
Also, please email us at:
Please send items to:
Lahaina Fire Relief Fund C/O Spees Family
3449 Akala Drive
Kihei, Hawaii, USA 96753
All items and donations received will be distributed to help
those in need
Notes on payment: If you want to donate with PayPal or credit/debit card- click donate then click pay with PayPal, this will give you the option to pay by card.
If you send money via Zelle or Venmo please also email us so we can send a Thank You and a receipt.
Aug. 10th: Local Volunteers drove truckloads of supplies to various neighborhoods in Lahaina. Many people are still missing and the death toll continues to rise. Many of the survivors of this fire lost everything.
Aug. 11th: We have received a little over $20,000 so far and are sending 100% of all donations received by Give The Dream Foundation directly to victims of the Lahaina Fire. Please consider donating. Today, we have started by sending aid directly to 20 families and individual people who no longer have a home. Thanks for your support. We also sent donations to a team of local volunteers who are delivering truckloads of essentials to the survivors still living in the burn zone.
Update August 12th: Thank You for your support, we have raised over $23,000. We have been buying supplies and essentials as well as sending money directly to victims in need. We are fundraising to help people and animals and making donations all day today. Thanks for your help.
Update August 12th: Here is a list of Lahaina fire victims and people that are fundraising for victims. Please take a look. We can't confirm that everyone on this list is legitimate, but you can do some research and try to contact the people on your own. If you donate through this Facebook fundraiser or this page,
we will make sure to do the due diligence and get the donations to the actual victims and organizations in need.
Update August 12th: Today we are continuing to send the donations to victims of this horrific fire. Thank you to all of the donors. We have also sent funds to local volunteers who continue to buy items and bring them to those in need. We donated to local wildlife organizations and the Maui humane society as they continue to take in animals and give them veterinary care. If you know someone or an organization that needs assistance please contact us asap. Thank you for your support. Over $24,000 raised!
Update Aug 13th: Over $31,500 have been raised by Give The Dream Foundation Donors so far. We have identified hundreds of victims that were directly impacted. Many of them have lost everything. We are sending them what they need. The number of fatalities is confirmed at 80 so far. Here is a link to the Maui County- Lahaina Fire information page:
Update August 14th: We have raised over $36,000. Thanks for your support for Lahaina fire victims. So far, volunteers partnering with this fundraiser have been able to deliver truckloads of supplies, essentials, food, shelter, ice, etc. We have over 500 school backpacks loaded with back to school supplies, and these will be delivered and distributed in the coming weeks to schoolchildren all thanks to READ.NGO
We will continue to post updates on this fundraiser webpage
We have sent donations directly to survivors of the fire. About 75 direct payments have been made to people whose homes burned down.
It is a real tragedy the death toll continues to rise.
Update August 15th: We have raised over $42,500. Thanks for your support for Lahaina fire victims. We continue to send direct payments to victims and volunteer organizations helping victims. Today we sent a large donation to a group supporting the families of Lahaina firefighters who lost their homes. We have received several care packages. Our volunteers are filling up trucks and heading to Lahaina each afternoon. Thanks for your continued support.
Update August 16th: We have raised over $44,000. Thanks for your continued support for Lahaina fire victims. We continue to send direct payments to victims and volunteer organizations helping victims. Today we are highlighting 2 pages that are doing a great job in getting support to people in need. https://mauifoodbank.org/
Thanks for your continued support.
Update August 17th and 18th: We have raised over $47,000. Thanks for your continued support for Lahaina fire victims. The fire in Lahaina is about 90% contained . We continue to send direct payments to victims and volunteer organizations helping. There are lots of updates on services for victims etc. on the Maui Now link here:
We really appreciate your continued support please share the fundraiser.
Update August 19th and 20th: Thanks for your continued support for Lahaina fire victims, wildlife, and the environment. This weekend, We continue to send direct payments to victims and volunteer organizations helping bring supplies to victims. There are lots of updates on services for victims etc. on the Maui Now link here:
The Hawaii DLNR continues to clear the destroyed town with excavators in an attempt to locate the deceased. The toxic ash will be a big problem for residents returning to their properties for a long time to come.
We have also been focused on the environmental destruction and the recovery efforts related to the fire. We are supporting a conservation fund that has is working to speed up the recovery process for the marine environment around Lahaina Harbor and the affected organisms.
Together we can make this situation better. Thanks for your interest in helping out. We really appreciate your continued support please share the fundraiser.
Update August 21-28
Thanks for your continued support for Lahaina fire victims, wildlife, and the environment. The care packages and school supplies that arrived in the mail have been distributed by our volunteers. The donations keep coming in. We just received a $5000 donation to rebuild Maui schools. The support for the victims, animals, and the local environment has been so phenomenal. We will continue to send out the donations. The death toll stands at 115. Here are the latest updates in the media: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/08/28/latest-99-lahaina-disaster-area-searched-through-death-toll-stands-115/
Update August 28th- September 12th: Thanks for your continued support for Lahaina fire victims, More and more donations are coming in each day. Your generous gifts are sent out to victims of the Lahaina fire and organizations working to make the situation better each day. We continue to send direct payments to victims and volunteer organizations.
The following organizations are helping victims with school supplies and meals:
Restore Education After Disaster: read.ngo
World Kitchen: https://wck.org/relief/hawaii-wildfires-2023
Maui Food Bank:
These organizations are caring for the animals and the environment affected in these fires:
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project:
Maui Humane Society:
Hawaii Land Trust: https://www.hilt.org/volunteer
Pacific Whale Foundation:
Maui Nui Marine Resource Council:
Update Fall 2023-November 26,2023: Thanks for your continued support for Lahaina fire victims: Thanks to all of the donors who supported the schools in Lahaina. Give The Dream Foundation used your donations to help organize 2 shipments of school supplies to Maui students after the fire. The first shipment was for Elementary and middle school students and the second was to meet the needs of high school students. Students lost everything including calculators which are important for high school learners, and they are expensive to replace. With the help of donors like you and the support of READ.NGO, Give The Dream Foundation organized the delivery of over 40 TI84 graphing calculators to Maui high school students who lost one in the fire! The calculators were delivered with 32 pencils and graphing paper so the students can prepare for their upcoming exams.
Thanks to everyone who sent boxes donations to the Maui Fire victims. We received a garage full of essentials including clothes, toiletries, diapers, etc. These items have been distributed to fire victims and those displaced by the fires. We appreciate everything you sent!
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