Ivanka Trump quietly visited Maui to help volunteer relief efforts following destructive wildfires

 September 23, 2023

Following her father's exit from the White House in 2021, former first daughter Ivanka Trump has led a relatively low-key and politics-free life in Florida, where she is focused on raising her three children with husband Jared Kushner.

It was recently revealed, however, that Ivanka quietly traveled to Hawaii a few weeks ago as part of a humanitarian mission in support of residents who'd suffered loss and displacement due to the deadly Maui wildfires that scorched parts of the island, according to Hola!

That volunteer effort was made in conjunction with a charitable relief organization known as CityServe International which works through local churches to help distribute food and other necessities to those in need in the aftermath of an emergency situation or natural disaster.

Ivanka's secret visit to help Maui

Ivanka Trump's visit to Lahaina in Maui was actually first revealed in a little-seen Instagram post on Sept. 1 to the CityServeHQ account, which shared several pictures of the former first daughter's volunteer efforts.


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"Long time friend, Ivanka Trump, joined us this week to distribute food and supplies to families devastated by the fires through local churches, including King’s Cathedral Maui and Calvary Chapel South Maui," the post stated in announcing that roughly 250,000 meals were being distributed to families in need.

"Amidst the tears being shed are tangible signs of hope and love, including the arrival of Ivanka Trump, who was seen hefting boxes of supplies, consoling survivors, hugging children, and passing out meals to those who’ve lost everything," the CityServe post added. "Thank you, Ivanka, for your love and support to help people through disasters!"

"She truly just wants to help"

The CityServe Instagram post also quoted a volunteer worker named Nicole, who said of Ivanka, "That she just came and was serving the community, it was humbling. You could feel the love that was there and she truly just wants to help. It wasn’t about anything besides giving encouragement and love to people, and that’s what we need right now."

According to Hola!, that volunteer was identified as Nicole Bogosian, the daughter of a local pastor in Lahaina, who also said of Trump, "It was amazing to see her humility, that none of this was for show. It wasn’t for photo ops, it wasn’t about getting her name out there."

Indeed, save for that Instagram post, Ivanka's visit to Maui went largely under the radar until the Daily Mail recently reported on the humanitarian relief work of the former president's eldest daughter.

The outlet reported that in addition to helping with the distribution of meals, according to CityServe, Trump was also to arrange for additional contributions to help those in need in Maui, with the donations set to arrive in "a 747 filled with $1 million worth of supplies" that included "ebikes, electric scooters, electronics, toys, dry foods, small appliances, ukuleles, and several pallets of Jockey clothing -- 'all because of Ivanka's connections.'"

Has long been quietly involved in charitable volunteer work

As was alluded to in the CityServe Instagram post, the Daily Mail reported that Ivanka Trump has partnered with that organization for around four years now and played a role in relief efforts during the COVID pandemic, sending more than 1 million meals to the Ukrainian people, and even visiting Poland to help distribute aid to Ukrainian refugees.

Ivanka herself shared on Twitter/X nearly a year ago how she had joined CityServe International and Mercy Chefs to help provide meals to Florida residents in need following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian in the Fort Myers and Naples areas.

The Daily Mail noted that while the former first daughter has expressed her support for her father's re-election bid, she won't be joining him on the campaign trail or working in a prospective second-term administration like she did from 2016 through 2020.

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