PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Days after Kilauea eruptions began ripping through a Puna community and destroying dozens of homes, people both near and far have been reaching out to help those who lost everything to lava.
But for Super Bowl champion Kamu Grugier-Hill, it hits close to home.
The Kamehameha Schools graduate and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker says his family in Leilani Estates is among those who lost their home in the eruption.
He started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his family – including two children and a 3-week-old baby -- in "this desperate time of need."
In the post, he wrote, "Lava has completely surrounded the entire estate. My family was forced to leave most of their belongings behind and will have to start over, relocate since the lava is now permanent and my family is now forced to find a new home!"
Grugier-Hill is the latest athlete from Hawaii to start a fundraising campaign to help lava victims. Hilo native and St. Louis Cardinals player Kolten Wong also started a GoFundMe in hopes of raising $200,000. He has raised nearly $55,000 since it launched on May 7.