Lady Gaga Surprises Evacuation Centre By Rocking Up With Pizza And Coffee
Since last week, large swathes of California have been ravaged by wildfires. The official death toll has risen to 50 and hundreds more are still unaccounted for.
Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes, including pop superstar, Lady Gaga, who fled her home in Malibu on Friday.
Yesterday, the singer-cum-actress made a surprise visit to one of the many Red Cross evacuation shelters in Los Angeles, delivering pizza and coffees as a loving gesture to mark World Kindness Day.
Speaking in a video she shared on social media, the 32-year-old said: "Today is my favourite day of the year - it's World Kindness Day. I encourage you all to do one act of kindness even if it's for yourself."
The 32-year-old spent around 90 minutes at the centre, handing out pizza and coffee, taking photos and even singing to a 92-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.
Addressing the crowd, she is reported to have said: "I extend my love... I know we do not know each other, but I love you. This is an emergency, but you are not alone."
Last week, after the blazes initially broke out, the superstar shared a series of tweets thanking the 'heroes' tackling the fires and defending the community.
She said: "Thank you to the firefighters, police, first and emergency responders for doing above and beyond everything you can do to help us. You are true heroes. #CaliforniaFire"
Another tweet read: "I'm so grateful I love you and god bless you to all the firefighters and first responders who continue fighting this fire. You risk your lives for us, and I'm so humbled by your bravery. You are our heroes. #WoolsleyFire."
She also shared an appeal, encouraging people to make donations towards those affected by the fires.
Help people affected by the #CaliforniaFire by visiting https://t.co/5Dmboe4Eb9 call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make $10 donation. Includes shelter,food,water,physical and mental health resources as well as emotional support. pic.twitter.com/chritdoN9t
- Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 14, 2018
Around 230,000 acres have been scorched by the fires, with 9,000 firefighters dispatched to help tackle the flames, making them the most costly and deadly wildfires in the state's history, according to CNN.
Currently, firefighters are tackling two main blazes: Camp Fire in Butte County, which has claimed 48 lives, and Woolsey Fire in Ventura County, where two more fatalities have been confirmed.
It is estimated that the fires are around 40% contained.
Featured Image Credit: Credit: Lady Gaga/Instagram