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Ludacris & Larenz Tate Join Efforts to Support Maui First Responders
Duo Extend Aloha to Support Maui Community in the Aftermath of Devastating Wildfires
By: The Ludacris Foundation
This week, they proudly announced the launch of their "Maui County First Responders Feeding Program Fund." This fund has been established with the primary goal of providing food support to Maui's first responders and their families, including firefighters, ocean safety officers, police officers and paramedics who have tirelessly served the community during this crisis. The initial $100,000 funded by Chris and Larenz will be partially distributed during the First Responders Appreciation Days, September 12 -14.
"A lot of people want to help the affected people but aren't quite sure how to help and where to put their support, our initiative is one that people can see their donations at work – something very visible and tangible," said Ludacris. "You cannot get more 'boots on the ground' support to Maui than partnering with the First Responders community" said Roberta Shields, President of The Ludacris Foundation.
Donations received through this fund will be directed towards feeding the dedicated first responders of Maui County. Several local food trucks have stepped up to partner with The Ludacris Foundation, offering plate lunches to these brave individuals. Depending on the amount of donations received, there is potential to expand the frequency of meals provided and financial donations to this community. In addition to the meals served Ludacris and Larenz are honoring 11 families with a financial gift of $5,000.
"We are humbled by the support we have received from The Ludacris Foundation (TLF). Organizations like TLF are helping our firefighters rebuild their lives so that they can get back to serving the community they love so much," stated the County of Maui, Fire and Public Safety Chief Bradford Ventura.
One of the Maui food trucks vendors participating in this feeding program is Duke Sparks, Founder of Sparky's Food Co, whose business has provided more than 5,000 free meals to aid those affected by the recent wildfires. "With generous support from the community and donors like The Ludacris Foundation, we can continue to make a greater impact in our community," said Sparks.
Chris and Larenz extend their deepest gratitude to all First Responders in their mission to uplift and strengthen the Maui community during this challenging time.
For more information about The Ludacris Foundation, visit http://www.TheLudacrisFoundation.org.
PIEG | Tamiko Thomas