Lady Gaga observed World Kindness Day by providing evacuees with food and refreshments despite being one among the many celebrities who had to be evacuated from her own home.
Lady Gaga, days after being forced to flee her home in Malibu due to the wildfires all across the state of California, dropped into a Red Cross Shelter full of evacuees. Gaga did not go empty-handed to visit them. The 32-year-old superstar arrived with a stack of pizzas along with coffee and gift cards, to give to those receiving care, according to PEOPLE. She shared pictures of her visit to the shelter, and also put up stories urging people to help those in need.
The text on one image said, “Thank you to the Red Cross, for all you are doing to provide shelter, love, and mental health support to the people of California.” Another photo shows Gaga posing with a group of evacuees with their hands in the shape of claws raised in solidarity. “All we have is each other,” reads the text. “Kindness makes the world go round.” “Today is my favorite day of the year — it’s World Kindness Day,” Gaga said in a brief video clip, in which she wore a baseball cap that showed off her Malibu pride. “I encourage you all to do one act of kindness even if it’s for yourself.”
On Sunday, the singer also went to another camp. Over the course of 90-minutes, she reportedly handed out gift cards, posed for photos, and sang to a 98-year-old woman in order to bolster the spirits of the evacuees. “I extend my love,” Gaga told those seeking shelter. “I know we do not know each other, but I love you. This is an emergency, but you are not alone.” She is actively trying to help those in need with the power that she has.
Lady Gaga is known for her advocacy towards mental health. She is someone who is open about discussing mental health-related problems. So it comes as no surprise that Gaga recommended those seeking treatment to speak to mental health counselors available at the shelter, and also to “share your stories and talk to each other during this time.” Gaga chose to address that PTSD might be an issue at this point for all the evacuees and that ought to be paid attention to.
Lady Gaga is one of the many California residents who had to evacuate their homes due to the raging fire. On Friday morning, the singer revealed on Instagram that she had evacuated from her home in Malibu. In a video posted to her Instagram Story, the A Star Is Born actress and singer was seen packing up her things as smoke clouds hovered over the property. She is not the only celebrity to have evacuated her home.
The Camp Fire broke out on Thursday, killing at least 44 people and burning through 117,000 acres by Monday. The fire has left several homes and other structures destroyed and were only 30 percent contained by Monday. According to the Associated Press, as of Sunday night, 228 people remained missing, said Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea. The AP also reported that friends and family also accompanied the authorities to search for their loved ones that were still missing.
On Sunday, Honea announced that the death toll stood at 29. However, in a Monday update, Honea revealed that 10 more bodies had been found in Paradise and three had been discovered in nearby Concow. Miles away, the Woolsey Fire burned outside Los Angeles, after first sparking on Thursday and doubling in size overnight. The Woolsey Fire has killed two people, injured three and burned through more than 90,000 acres, according to CALFIRE. It was 30 percent contained by Monday. Meanwhile, the Hill Fire ruined more than 4,500 acres in Ventura County and was 85 percent contained by Monday.
People have been evacuated in thousands ever since the fire broke out last week. The fire has caused most damages and deaths, as its left medical staff to evacuate patients from hospitals, and families to leave everything behind for the sake of their lives. Even though thousands of firefighters are working to contain the blazes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that “strong offshore” winds and low humidity “will promote conditions highly favorable” for a continued spread of the fires.