Phillies manager Kapler loses Malibu home in wildfire
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After losing his Malibu home in the California wildfires, Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he wants to raise awareness for those who are less fortunate.
"Keep talking about it," Kapler told The Athletic on Monday. "When you're out in your community, talk about it with other people. Use it as a way to come together. I sent this text message back to people: Talk about it. Shine light on it. Raise awareness. Feel it.
"That's my main point for other people. We're good. Our family is good. There are a lot of other families who are not."
Kapler, who was in Philadelphia over the weekend, said his ex-wife, Lisa, and two sons safely evacuated before the Woolsey Fire had crossed the 101 Freeway and entered his neighborhood. The home was totally destroyed, with only a charred staircase left behind.
"It's crazy to me," Kapler said. "All of it."
Kapler appealed for donations on social media.
"Many have lost everything in these fires, and even basic needs are going to be hard to meet," he tweeted.
As of early Tuesday, the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire have killed more than 40 people, scorched more than 200,000 acres and destroyed more than 7,000 structures.