St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong celebrates a hit.

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Hawaiian Born Kolten Wong Asks For Donations To Help Kilauea Lava Victims

The Cardinals second baseman's family lives 20 miles north of some of the most-damaged areas.

May 08, 2018 - 8:00 am

As his family sends him video of the destruction near his hometown of Hilo, Hawaii, Kolten Wong and his wife have begun a GoFundMe campaign with a $200,000 goal to give aid to the victims of the recent Kilauea volcano eruption. 

A dozen lava vents have opened in streets of the Puna district on the main island of Hawaii and 35 structures have burned down.

Kilauea (pronounced kill-ah-WAY'-ah) is one of the world's most active volcanoes and has been erupting continuously since 1983. There's no indication when this particular lava flow might stop or how far it might spread. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey expect the flow to continue until more magma drains from the system.

Wong, who the St. Louis Cardinals drafted out of the University of Hawaii in 2011, posted a heartfelt message with the GoFundMe account: 

"The one thing I know, man is that I love my people and I’m going to do everything for them. So I ask you guys humbly, I’m creating this GoFundMe page, it’s going to be in my bio, to go check it out ... It’s going to be used in the right way ... I’m going to make sure every single dollar you do give is going toward these people to help them rebuild what they have, to get their lives started up again and to help the Big Island rebuild."

You can donate to Wong's "Hawaii Natural Disasters Relief" effort here.

Wong's teammate, catcher Yadier Molina set up a similar campaign with his wife to help the Hurrican Maria victims of Puerto Rico, last year. 

The Associated Press contributed to this article