Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong and an image of lava engulfing a home in the Leilani Estates neighborhood of Hawaii

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Wong Says Support From Cardinals Fan Is 'Breathtaking' In Volcano Relief Fund

"The scariest thing is that this isn't going to stop anytime soon," Wong says.

May 08, 2018 - 6:26 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - In less than 24 hours Kolten Wong's GoFundMe page has raised nearly $20,000 to support the victims of lava flow, earthquakes and fissures near Wong's hometown in Hawaii. Last week, the Kilauea volcano erupted on the big island in Hawaii and continues to destroy nearby communities. 

Wong, who still has family that lives about 20 miles north of the destruction, began the online fundraiser and wants to thank everyone for their support. 

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"It's breathtaking for me to see the amount of support that these fans have, the love that they have for their players and just the love that this place in general provides," Wong says. "Sometimes as players we take for granted just how gracious fans are and it's just an amazing thing man, when something like this happens everyone are so willing to help. 

"My heart is always with St. Louis and no matter what happens in my career I know that for a fact I will have a special place here in St. Louis."

He has been in contact with his family, who is safe for now but is in danger of being exposed to the sulfur dioxide gas that is released into the air during these types of eruptions. 

"The scariest thing is that this isn't going to stop anytime soon," Wong says.

As for where the money will go, Wong says he been in contact with local non-profits that are on the ground level impacting those affected. He guarantees that all of the funds will be divided to the people who are directly helping those affected.