Patriots LB Jahlani Tavai makes plea to help Hawaii wildfire victims


“I simply ask that anyone on the planet proper now who’s watching, out of the kindness to their hearts, to provide.”

New England Patriots linebacker Jahlani Tavai (48) warms up during pregame of an NFL pre-season football game against the Houston Texans, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass.
Jahlani Tavai is doing what he can try to assist these impacted by the Maui wildfires. (AP Picture/Greg M. Cooper)

Earlier than speaking soccer with reporters in Inexperienced Bay on Thursday afternoon, Patriots linebacker Jahlani Tavai opened his press convention with a plea for assist for victims of the devastating wildfires that impacted the Hawaiian island of Maui earlier this month. 

Tavai, who performed on the College of Hawaii and donned a Rainbow Warriors shirt on Thursday, is trying to unfold the phrase of how for followers to assist households in want in Maui.

“I do know you guys need to discuss soccer — and I’m going to reply these questions — however proper now I simply need to take the time to remind those that issues are going unhealthy on the market in Hawaii,” Tavai mentioned. “I’m undecided if individuals are watching the information, however there was a giant hearth and I do know loads of those that had been affected by these fires. Individuals who misplaced houses. Individuals who misplaced relations, pals. I do know lots of people have been asking our media, myself included, how they may help and assist. I can lastly be capable of current that.

“A method that individuals on the market, particularly our followers, may help is by donating to households which might be in want straight. On my Instagram, on my social media, I’ve a hyperlink in my bio that actually reveals all of the households which might be going via this battle. I do know numerous teammates and myself have achieved our greatest to donate as a lot as we might. I simply ask that anyone on the planet proper now who’s watching, out of the kindness of their hearts, to provide.”

Tavai shared a hyperlink on his social media account that results in “Assist Maui Rise: Instantly Assist ‘Ohana Displaced by Fires,” a doc that lists data on easy methods to individually help every household in want in Maui. 

Tavai added that these trying to assist also can donate to the Kāko’o Maui Fund, the Maui Sturdy Fund and the Nā Wahine Toa Basis.

The 26-year-old linebacker, who has loads of household ties in Hawaii, mentioned that various Patriots teammates have already donated clothes and funds to assist assist varied efforts in Maui.

“I’m hoping we may help whoever’s in want,” Tavai mentioned. “There’s going to be numerous Patriots gear on the market in Hawaii, hopefully, quickly. I hope that we simply can unfold extra love on the market.”

Not less than 111 individuals died within the wildfires that tore via Maui and devastated the city of Lahaina earlier this month. The variety of residents unaccounted for is “most likely nonetheless over 1,000,” Hawaii Gov. Josh Inexperienced advised CNN on Wednesday.

“The Hawaiian neighborhood out there’s struggling proper now, particularly with their households gone and their land gone,” Tavai mentioned. “Myself, since I used to be on the market, my woman; my dad’s from there. We’re doing our greatest to simply attempt to put a smile on our face for the following days. … I’m simply grateful that you simply guys are giving me the time to unfold this information on the market.”