Liquor stores across B.C. have begun collecting customer conations for drought relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.
As of 9:30 a.m., Friday, the liquor store in Fort St. John has been collecting donations that will support the Red Cross’ efforts in areas like Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Several of those areas have already been declared drought zones and millions of people are affected. Many people are in need of humanitarian assistance and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had called for international efforts to help in the region.
In Somalia, in particular, the country is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years.
All197 B.C. Liquor stores will continue to collect donations until Sept. 15, but anyone who requires a tax receipt is encouraged to donate directly to the Canadian Red Cross.
The federal government is giving $50 million for famine relief efforts in the area and, in addition, had announced it would match all private donations Canadians make until Sept. 16.
– with files from the Canadian Press