On August 8th, 2023..the island of Maui went through an absolute tragedy. Multiple fires swarmed the island, the Lahaina fire being the most destructive. The fire burned an estimated 2,170 acres and 99 people were confirmed dead. Thousands lost their homes, jobs, and everyone on the island has had their lives turned upside down to say the least.
With news headlines worsening by the second, I knew that helping in any way was needed, no matter how far I lived from this special place. In 2 hours, I had designed t-shirts that I was going to sell, with 100% of profit going directly to Maui. The second I launched these t-shirts, the support rushed in and it was so heartwarming to watch. These shirts sold very quick, and so I continuted to restock while the donation grew. In the matter of weeks, SPF805 was able to raise $700 to donate.
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Maui Nui Marine Resource Council
In the summer of 2022, SPF805 made a $400 donation to Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. The team of people I met were so special as they also have the greatest passion for the ocean. On August 8th, the fire in Maui burned down their lab. They lost samples, equipment, and their entire workspace. When this fire took over Lahaina, the decision became clear that this $700 donation from these t-shirts was going to be donated to this non-profit organization. With the help of all of you, we were able to make a small difference for this island.