HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As incredible pictures of the devastation caused by Kilauea's latest eruption continue to make headlines across the nation, Hilo native and St. Louis Cardinals second baseman, Kolten Wong has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for relief efforts.
The campaign is aimed to raise $200,000. On Monday, Wong released a video pleading for aid for his home island.
"A few days ago, 20 miles from where I'm from, in a place called Leilani Estates, a fissure opened up spewing out lava and pushing people out of their homes," Wong said in his video.
"From then till now up to eleven fissure vents have opened up. Up to 30 houses already have burnt down. 1700 people are homeless and can't go back to their place," Wong said.
He continues to explain that, "being from Hawaii and being from the Big Island I wanted to do something." Wong states that he's been in contact with multiple non-profit organizations who are based on the Big Island. He plans to donate money donated to the GoFundMe page to those various non-profits who will put it toward disaster relief efforts.
The page has raised nearly $5,000 in three hours. You can donate here