PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The crowdsource-based fundraising site GoFundMe says a total of nearly $600,000 has been raised to help Hawaii Island residents who have been impacted by the Kilauea eruption that began on May 2.
More than 6,000 donors from all 50 states have contributed to what the company is calling a 'centralized hub' of independent fundraising efforts for different groups of people that have been affected by the lava flow that has already destroyed at least 37 structures.
Several individual fundraising efforts on the site, like the one backed by MLB star and Hawaii Island native Kolten Wong, have raised more than $50,000 for lava victims by themselves.
New fissures are opening daily in the lower Puna area, sending fountains of lava soaring into the air. Authorities are continuing to monitor for new outbreaks and say at least 21 fissures have opened up since eruptions began on May 3.