The California wildfires have displaced more than 300,000 people since they started burning on Nov. 8. Among the people left without homes are the many celebrities who call The Golden State home.
The devastation of the blazes has inspired some stars to help out in a number of ways. Famous people such as Ellen DeGeneres and Miley Cyrus have donated money to aid in the efforts of helping anyone affected by the fires.Some A-listers are even pitching in to serve firefighters food and help families reconnect with each other through their platforms on social media.
Several notable businesses have given money to the cause as well. Here are some celebrities and major companies that have worked to make this terrible circumstance more manageable for all those involved:
Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
Miley Cyrus lost her house in one of the wildfires. A representative for The Malibu Foundation told CNN that she and boyfriend Liam Hemsworth donated $500,000 through Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation. The representative said the funds will be used for “those in financial need, emergency relief assistance, community rebuilding, wildfire prevention and climate change resilience,” according to CNN.
The Oscar-winning actress reportedly donated a total of $500,000 to aid all those affected. She gave $100,000 to the Humane Society, to help displaced animals, and $400,000 to the American Red Cross. According to People magazine, Bullock also offered the American Red Cross this moving statement:
“The untold destruction from these fires is heartbreaking, especially following the tragedy at Borderline in Thousand Oaks. I’m glad to be able to help. We’re all family in this, whether it be human, furry or feathered.”
DeGeneres teamed up with Walmart to donate $100,000 to the firefighters who are working tirelessly to contain the wildfires. She made the announcement on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” as you can see in this clip from the show’s YouTube channel:
Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl passed out barbecue to firefighters who were working to put out the wildfires. Fire Station 68 in Calabasas posted to Instagram about the kind deed and the “excellent” food:
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It was awesome to get a visit tonight from Dave Grohl of the @foofighters . He also treated us to some of his own @backbeatbbq . Thanks Dave! It was excellent! . . #hillfire #malibu #hiddenhills #simivalley #lacofd @abc7la #firefamily #nfl #losangelesrams #thousandoaks #simivalley #newburypark #oakpark #evacuation #losangelescounty #lacofd #losangelescountyfiredepartment #firestation68 #abc7eyewitness #calabasas #woolseyfire #fireman #firefighter #lafd #firestation #foofighters #davegrohl
Grohl isn’t the only star who had the idea to help feed firefighters! Celebrity chef Guy Fieri also helped keep firefighters from going hungry while on the job. The Butte County Sheriff Department tweeted about Fieri’s ability to “[fill their] bellies and [lift their] spirits”:
Guy Fieri made a surprise visit to serve dinner to everyone at the law enforcement staging area at Butte College. Thank you so much Guy for filling our bellies and lifting our spirits. #ButteSheriff #CampFire pic.twitter.com/ZnhNxOa81n
— Butte County Sheriff (@ButteSheriff) November 12, 2018
On Instagram, Khloe Kardashian documented a trip to CVS in which she bought water and granola bars for firefighters and first responders. She reportedly said in the video:
“Here at CVS, I basically got everything they had in stock. I got as many waters as I could. I know the brave men and women working so hard, tirelessly for all of us will greatly appreciate it. So please 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,” she said.
Her mom, Kris Jenner, posted about her daughter’s good deed to her own Instagram:
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After @kyliejenner sent this on our family group text @khloekardashian ran to the pharmacy to shop for the Firefighters… such a huge heart Bunny!! <imgsrc=”” alt=”😎” class=”wp-smiley” style=”height: 1em; max-height: 1em;”> Let’s take care of our guys! Thank you to all of the men and women fighting these fires and risking their lives… #gratefulbeyondwords #powerofprayer
Butler lost his home in one of the wildfires and it inspired him to encourage others to donate to a GoFundMe page set up to help people impacted across the state. He posted about the donation drive on Twitter:
2/2 I am ok and so grateful for all of the well wishes. Please turn your support to those who need it most here, and throughout California. There’s a Go Fund Me to help people across the state affected by the fires. Please join me if you can. https://t.co/ghkHkoZqUw
— Gerard Butler (@GerardButler) November 12, 2018
The “Hercules” actor has turned his Twitter account into a way of helping families reconnect. He’s posting updates about lost family members to help those who were separated while evacuating get in touch.
In addition to celebs, several major companies that are based in California have made generous donations to the wildfire relief efforts. Among them was Disney, which released a statement announcing it had donated $500,000 to help firefighters.
“The firefighters are true heroes, and we honor their tireless commitment as they continue to battle these devastating wildfires,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in the statement. “Our hearts go out to the families and communities that have been so severely affected.”
Facebook reportedly announced it was donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross and matching up to an additional $500,000 in donations made through the social media platform, according to the New York Post.
It’s inspiring to see so many people coming together in this time of need. If you’d like to donate or help in any way, here is some information on how to help those affected by the California wildfires.