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Two undamaged Church meetinghouses on Maui are housing wildfire evacuees

Meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are being used as shelters after hundreds of families were forced to flee from brush fires fueled by hurricane-force winds in Hawaii. Most of the town of Lahaina on Maui has been destroyed.
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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the Hawaiian island of Maui are joining neighbors and friends in offering comfort and service in the wake of the deadly wildfires. Five Latter-day Saints died in the fires—four of them from the same family.

The Hawaii National Guard is involved in the recovery process and is assessing damage throughout the island.

Latter-day Saints in Maui are assisting charitable organizations in the recovery. Two meetinghouses in the Kahului and Kahului West Stakes are serving as temporary shelters with water, hot meals and other necessities—all available for anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. Church members are also delivering baby formula, canned food, propane, gasoline and other critical supplies to people in need.

Latter-day Saint families are opening their homes to people displaced by the wildfires. In addition, Church leaders are actively working to secure alternate shelter options.

Supplies from the bishops’ storehouse in Honolulu are en route to Maui. Additional support from Church headquarters will arrive in the coming days.

This release was originally published and can be found on Church Newsroom.

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