Together with Adidas and his Yeezy clothing line, Kanye West has raised $500,000 for California wildfire relief efforts.
The rapper’s wife, Kim Kardashian, announced the donation during a Wednesday appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She presented a $200,000 check to the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund and a $200,000 check to the California Fire Foundation.
The remaining $100,000 was given to firefighter Michael Williams, who worked to fight the Woolsey fire in Southern California in spite of losing his own home in Oak Park, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Earlier this month, Kardashian announced on Twitter that the home she owns with West in nearby Hidden Hills was nearly destroyed by the fire.
She told DeGeneres that she and West employed a private firefighting company to avoid losing their home. Still, the couple has yet to return because of the lingering smell of smoke, Kardashian said.
“We were lucky. I feel like we were really blessed to have the help of the firefighters that we did,” she said. “Because of them, they saved our home and saved our neighborhood ... I don’t take that for granted, and that was such a blessing that we were able to do that.”