FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With wildfires ripping through the Thompson and Cariboo regions and many in northeast B.C. familiar with the devestation from one year ago, there are ways you can help those during this great time of need. There are local companies and citizens stepping up to accept donations and you can also donate money through many different channels.
Otter Co-op accepting donations to the Red Cross
Both Otter Co-op locations will be accepting donations to the Red Cross. They will match whatever contributions come in for the fires.
Keian Coating & Sandblasting accepting donations
Keian Coating & Sandblasting will be partnering with C&V Trailers as well as Jetsue Adventures to accept donations for those that have been impacted by the fires.
They will be setting up a drop off point located at 9905 85th Avenue for clothing, blankets, pillows and what you can put forward in donation for those down south. They are asking that no furniture or big items be donated at this time. Small care packages of any sort will be appreciated.
They will be accepting donations until July 21. You can drop off donations from Monday to Friday during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
“You support local, you grow local so you help local. It was right on my doorstep (the fires in northeast B.C.) last year. This is punching home personally for us.”
Another local citizen setting up access point to accept donations
Colleen Tkachanko is also working on setting up a drop off point where people can bring donations.
“I started my original Facebook post on my drive out of Williams Lake last night and we all know what it is like to be affected by fires, I didn’t want to see this happen again to all of these people and a lot of people down there are family. What I saw on my drive to and from Williams Lake yesterday, I can’t even imagine what it is like beyond there.”
The location as of now where the donations will be accepted is 9504 73rd Avenue in Fort St. John. Someone is expected to be on site at certain times to take donations from the public but you are asked to call them before you go.
Tkachanko says she has already received a donation of a pallet of oats towards horses that have been evacuated.
“I’m looking for animal food from large animals to small household pets. Anything that is required as a necessity of life from a newborn to a senior whether it is formula or diapers or basic staples.”
If you would like to drop something off at the location, Tkachanko says to contact Colin McGhghy at (250) 261-1867 before going to drop off donations.
Colleen Tkachanko is asking that anyone who wishes to get more information regarding donations, to please text her only at (778) 256-5610 as the volume of calls has been hard to keep up with. You can also visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/345486609197950/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22messaging%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22attachment%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%7D%7D]%22%7D.
Donate to the Red Cross
If you wish to donate via the Red Cross, you can visit https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=74010&_ga=2.180399335.112575121.1499701025-496415152.1499701025.
You can also donate by calling: 1-800-418-1111
Your donation to the BC Fires Appeal will help provide immediate relief such as cots, blankets, family reunification as well as financial assistance so individuals and families can get the food, clothing, shelter, and anything else that can help them recover.
BC Liquor Stores also accepting donations to the Red Cross
The provincial government has announced that anyone looking for a way to support those impacted by the wildfires in the province can now do so by donating at any BC Liquor Store.
BC Liquor Store customers can contribute increments of $2, $5, or multiples thereof at the till, with all proceeds going directly to the Red Cross. These funds will help with immediate needs for those affected, such as providing evacuees with shelter, food and water.
Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for a number of communities, and there are approximately 220 wildfires currently burning in British Columbia. The extended weather forecast is calling for continued hot, dry weather, with risks of thunderstorms in many parts of the province.
“The generosity and compassion shown by our customers and employees during times of crisis is something we are incredibly proud of – it is the foundation of our partnership with the Red Cross,” said Blain Lawson, general manager and CEO, Liquor Distribution Branch. “Our thoughts are with all British Columbians, and their family and friends, who are impacted by the current wildfire situation.”
More than $2.5 million has been raised for Red Cross humanitarian crises and disaster relief efforts at BC Liquor Store locations since 2003, when stores first collected donations to support victims affected by wildfires raging in B.C.