Just weeks after Santa Barbara endured the devastating Thomas fire, the California city is now experiencing mudslides as a result of heavy rainfall. Images and videos of flooded neighborhoods have prompted celebrities to ask for support for their hometown. Gigi and Bella Hadid, who grew up in Santa Barbara, shared images and rousing captions on Twitter and Instagram, asking for prayers.
“My beautiful hometown, just after getting through weeks of wild fire, has been hit by a major storm. That ‘river’ is the 101 freeway,” Gigi Hadid shared with her 8.33 million Twitter followers. “Please keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers.”
My beautiful home town, just after getting through weeks of wild fire, has been hit by a major storm. That “river” is the 101 freeway. 😞 Please keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers, 💔 pic.twitter.com/Yj7C9sRR4n
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) January 9, 2018
Bella took to Instagram to share the same image. She revealed that some of her friends and family had been hospitalized while others have not yet been located. “My beautiful hometown of Montecito… Where my roots were placed, where my mother raised me and my family. Completely under water. I really can’t believe it. I am praying and thinking so much for our friends in the hospital and their families that are still missing,” she wrote.
“For our horses, dogs, cats – all animals – that gave us happiness, who are now searching for a dry place to lay their heads… our elementary school… The freeway to drive to school and where @mini_jk_imbig and I would walk after school… under water. My heart is broken… I remember when something similar happened in La Conchita about 12 years ago, so close to us and how much it took to rebuild… I can’t imagine how Montecito feels now. I am so sorry,” she continued. “As always – Please send websites for donations. I’m ready to help. Thank you to the rescue, fire fighters and security teams in SB for staying strong and your hard work to pull out anybody and anything in sight. My love is with you so deeply SB.”
The Hadid sisters have a track record of speaking up about political and social issues and promoting human welfare. Just recently, Bella joined a “Free Palestine” demonstration outside the US embassy in London straight after a TAG Heuer opening in London still clad in her glamorous red gown. Bella, whose father is Palestinian, has been vocal about her pride of being Muslim and Palestinian, taking to Instagram to voice her support for the Palestinian people.
“💔I’ve been waiting to put this into perfect words but I realized there is no perfect way to speak of something so unjust. A very very sad day.Watching the news and seeing the pain of the Palestinian people makes me cry for the many many generations of Palestine,” wrote the 21-year-old on Instagram. “Seeing the sadness of my father, cousins, and Palestinian family that are feeling for our Palestinian ancestors makes this even harder to write. Jerusalem is home of all religions. For this to happen, I feel, makes us take 5 steps back making it harder to live in a world of peace.” She adds “The TREATMENT of the Palestinian people is unfair, one-sided and should not be tolerated. I stand with Palestine. There is no hate against anyone… There are no sides… All religions living side by side.. Now it is just one man..it has always been a factor of trying to bring peace… Where is the hope..?”
Meanwhile, older sister Gigi didn’t hold back from telling off a hijab-hating blogger on Twitter last November.
The sisters have also participated in the #NoBanNoWall protest in New York City last year.