The Kelowna Salvation Army Church has been turned recently into a makeshift evacuation center for displaced residents from Lytton, B.C. After a recent wildfire burned roughly 90% of the town to the ground there are over 1,000 residents who have been displaced from their homes.
The Kelowna Salvation Army Church in Lytton became the evacuation center quickly for those who needed help, thanks to efforts from the ESS. They are able to receive essentials like hotel rooms and more for those who are in desperate need of help right now.
Those who were forced to evacuate within seconds didn’t have time to even think about what they might want to pack or bring with them. Some only had time to gather themselves, their pets, and get out. Now they have lost everything. This comes after a pandemic that had its own struggles that many of these people also had to endure. And now they’re struggling again but there is a strong community showing of support that is now coming in to meet that need.
Donate To Victims Of Lytton Wildfire
For anyone that has been separated from family members as a result of the ongoing fires in British Columbia, or if you are looking for an individual that might have been displaced or impacted then you can call the family reunification line at 1-800-863-6582.
This family reunification line for information is a service that is available from 8 am to 8 pm PT, 7 days a week.
DONATE TO RELIEF EFFORTS FOR B.C. WILDFIRES
By going to the Red Cross you can donate to the relief efforts that are ongoing and dealing with wildfires around the province right now. Those funds are going to go toward not only immediate efforts but also for ongoing relief efforts as well as long term recovery for impacted regions around British Columbia.
Monetary donations are being accepted but physical goods are also needed for Lytton Wildfire relief efforts and those displaced B.C. victims from the wildfires.
Where to send donations for Lytton victims of wildfires: GoFundMe being organized by Tuckkwiowhum Village.
There are still items that are needed for those who have been displaced and who need help at this time. Donations can be sent to a number of organizations that are now helping with those Lytton wildfire relief efforts.
DONATION ITEMS NEEDED:
- tablets and laptops
- new or lightly used clean coolers
- gift certificates for gas, food, pharmacies etc
- Camping chairs
- cardboard boxes for transport
- sleeping bags
- new baby items like diapers, bottles, or wipes
- personal electronics such as phones
- personal hygiene items
Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
July 3 – 5, 10-am – 5pm
Mobile Donation Centre located at 20699 42 Avenue, Langley
July 3 – 4, 10am – 4pm
Crazy Indian Brotherhood – Now accepting donations of items for victims except furniture and appliances.
Mobile Donation Centre 45585 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack (Parking lot of Cottonwood Mall),
July 3 – 7, Open daily
Wildfire evacuees are also now being urged to register at an emergency social services center, or to register with the province’s online portal, as soon as they can.
Aside from those donation centers for B.C. wildfire victims listed above you can also find other locations to drop off gift cards or money for victims as well.
FOR CASH AND GIFT CARD ONLY DONATION CENTERS IN B.C.
Visitor Centre, 44150 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack
July 3 – 4, 8:30am – 4:30pm
7011 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz
July 3 – 8, 10am – 4pm
Harrison Visitor Centre, 499 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs
July 3 – 5, 9:30am – 5pm
Tourism Hope, Cascades & Canyons
Visitor Centre, 919 Water Avenue, Hope
July 3 – 8, 10am – 5pm
Office, 220-5385 216th Street, Langley
July 5, 9am – 5pm
Visitor Centre, 34033 Lougheed Highway, Mission
July 5 – 9, 8am – 4:30pm