Kim Kardashian and Kanye West donate $500,000 to California wildfire relief efforts
Kim Kardashian expressed her immense gratitude towards all the firefighters who helped save the couple's home
Kim Kardashian is going all out for the brave firefighters of California. The reality TV star and her rapper husband Kanye West have reportedly donated a sum of $500,000 to wildfire relief efforts because the couple understands that even though their house was saved from the devastating fires, there were a lot of other people who weren't so lucky.
During an appearance on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Wednesday, Kim expressed her immense gratitude towards all the firefighters who helped save the couple’s home.
“We were lucky,” she said. “We were really blessed to have the help of the firefighters that we did. Our house is right on the end of a big park. The whole park had caught fire, so if our house went, then every other house would go.”
And therefore, to provide that little cushion to those who didn’t make it out unscathed, the KKW Beauty mogul announced two separate $200,000 donations. One donation is scheduled to go to to the Wildfire Relief Fund and the other to the California Fire Foundation. These donations will go on behalf of Kim herself, husband Kanye, as well as Kanye's Adidas Yeezy label.
Later during the episode, Kim met the family of a firefighter named Michael of Oak Park who lost their house in the Woolsey fire while helping to save other homes. When Michael and his wife recounted the story for Ellen, Kim presented the couple with a $100,000 cheque to help them rebuild their home.
The E! personality explained, "We obviously have all the firefighters that have helped, but to know that you lost your home, Kanye, Yeezy and Adidas wanted to donate to you guys $100,000 so that you guys can begin to pick up the pieces."
“We’re so grateful to them,” she said. “Honestly, we couldn’t do it without them.” During the show, the reality star also addressed all the rumors surrounding her hiring private firefighters to save her house.
“We know not everyone has this luxury available to them, but we were able to get private firefighters,” she explained. “Because of them, they saved our home and saved our neighborhood. I had them make sure that they controlled every house on the edge. It wasn’t just my house.”
And just like Kanye and Kim, a lot of other celebrities too have joined the bandwagon and reached out to help all the unfortunate people who suffered major losses in the Woolsey fires. Sandra Bullock also donated $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura County, California (HSVC), while earlier this month, Lady Gaga volunteered at a shelter after evacuating her home.
It was also reported previously that Kim's younger sister Khloe Kardashian had taken a trip to CVS in order to purchase supplies for firefighters, while Rob Lowe revealed that his sons and nephews were helping assist evacuations and bring food to firefighters.