Although most of the fires that plagued California recently are now contained, the restoration efforts continue and major celebrities have been donating their money and volunteering their time over the past few weeks to help with fire relief efforts.
Celebrities including Kim Kardashian-West, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Aaron Rodgers, Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock all donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the people and animals who have lost their homes in the Woolsey Fire, Camp Fire and the Hill Fire over the past two weeks.
Kim Kardashian-West appeared on Ellen confirming she had donated $200,000 to the California Fire Foundation and $200,000 to the California Community Foundation on behalf of her husband, Yeezy and Adidas.
“I mean, they saved our whole community,” Kardashian-West said. “We’re so grateful to them. So honestly, we couldn’t do it without them.”
She also donated $100,000 to firefighter Michael Williams and his wife Lisa, who lost their home in the Woolsey Fire.
“We obviously have all of the other firefighters [who] have helped,” Kardashian-West said, “But to know that you’ve lost your home — Kanye, Adidas and Yeezy wanted to donate $100,000 so you can pick up the pieces.”
Ellen Degeneres also donated $100,000 to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation on behalf of Walmart.
“A lot of the homes that are making the headlines are big celebrity mansions,” she said. “But thousands of people from all different backgrounds have been affected by these fires. An entire town in Northern California was wiped out.”
Degeneres said at a time like this, we all need to help each other.
“Don’t ask what you can do to help — just help,” she said. “Everyone needs everything right now. Clothing, food. Donate your time, your energy, your money.”
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who lost her four bedroom mansion in Malibu, also donated $500,000 to the Malibu Foundation, while Sandra Bullock donated $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura County and Aaron Rodgers donated $1 million to Butte County, where he grew up.
Celebrities also spent their time volunteering their efforts by buying supplies and cooking for the firefighters and those displaced from their homes.
When the fires first broke up, Khloé Kardashian purchased essentials at CVS for the firefighters including eye drops, granola bars and hundreds of bottles of waters.
“I know the brave men and women are working so hard, tirelessly, for all of us would greatly appreciate it,” Kardashian tweeted. “Just do whatever you can, even if it’s one bottle of water, one container of eye drops, one granola bar, anything, I know they would appreciate it.”
The celebrity support continued: Lady Gaga delivered pizza, gift cards and coffee to a Red Cross shelter.
“I know this is not easy and I know that a lot you are feeling a lot of pain right now and a lot of shock and this might feel very surreal,” she said to evacuees. “I will pray for each and everyone one of you. You will be in my thoughts. I know we do not know each other, but I love you. This is an emergency, but you are not alone.”
Others included Dave Grohl who served up a BBQ to firefighters working on the Woolsey Fire, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger served breakfast to a surprised group of firefighters trying to clear the Camp Fire and on Thanksgiving Day, Guy Fieri cooked 7,000 pounds of turkey starting at 5 a.m. for the Camp Fire evacuees.
Degeneres said there are no words to explain to the firefighters how grateful she is for all they have done.
“They just run towards danger,” she said. “And they save thousands and thousands of people. They save animals and houses from burning so I say thank you, thank you, thank you.”