“Once we first launched the fund, there was some backlash,” Johnson stated in a video posted to his Instagram web page on Sunday, including, “I get it and I utterly perceive, and I might’ve been higher. And subsequent time I will probably be higher.”
Johnson went on to say that he understands “cash ain’t falling out of the sky, and it’s not rising on timber, and there’s lots of people on the market who’s residing paycheck to paycheck. And I get it, and I do know what that’s like.”
“The very last thing you need to hear when you find yourself residing from paycheck to paycheck is somebody asking you for cash, particularly when the particular person asking you for cash already has some huge cash,” he stated.
In August, Johnson and Winfrey first introduced they created the Individuals’s Fund of Maui by way of a video posted to their Instagram pages, saying they every contributed $5 million to get the marketing campaign began.
“I get it, I perceive. I’ve by no means launched a fund earlier than, however I’m a fast research and lesson discovered,” Johnson stated, including that he appreciates the transparency that his social media supplies with respect to absorbing suggestions from his followers.
When saying the fund, Winfrey and Johnson defined that those that misplaced their main properties within the Lahaina and Kula fires had been eligible to obtain $1200 a month from their fund.
In his video on Sunday, Johnson stated that “1000’s and 1000’s of survivors” have began to obtain the primary spherical of funding.
CNN beforehand reported that over 100 folks died when quick-moving wildfires swept via the island of Maui. In keeping with the Nationwide Hearth Safety Affiliation, the wildfires are the deadliest within the US in additional than 100 years.