Kirby Yates, relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres, posted the following message Tuesday hoping to raise money for flood relief on his home island of Kauai:
I am from Koloa, Hawai'i, a small town on the South Shore of Kauai. I attended Koloa Elementary School. I learned to play baseball in Koloa. When nearly 50 inches of rain fell on Kauai in just 24 hours, I was devastated to learn that dozens of homes in Koloa were wiped out by the floods. This hit home for me, literally, and I knew I had to do something to help.
The Hawaii Community Foundation and Poipu Beach Foundation are coordinating relief efforts in the Koloa area. Most people in the community had no warning, which means no time to prepare or escape before the floods hit, resulting in the loss of homes, cars, and belongings. Families were left without basic resources needed for everyday life such as food and clothing.
Just $10,000 will give the Foundation enough funding to provide supplies, clothing, food, and cleaning to those in the Koloa area. I will personally match all donations up to $5,000. Together, we can can cover 100% of the costs needed to help the families in my hometown recover from the destructive floods.