People in Chilliwack are coming together to help those displaced by raging wildfires across the province.
Their local Restorative Justice & Youth Advocacy Association is holding a donation drive all weekend looking for much-needed goods.
“I think it effects everyone at some point in time,” says their Program Director Leanna Kemp, who has been in contact with several relief centres in the Interior, who gave them a list of their most-needed items are:
- Baby necessities (diapers, wipes, formula).
- Eye drops.
- Throat lozenges.
- Non-perishable food items.
- Air mattresses / cots.
- Dog food, cat food, cat litter.
- Protein bars.
- Gift cards (Wal-Mart, gas stations, grocery stores).
Kemp says they are accepting cash donations through an e-transfer and is planning to turn them into gift cards.
She adds 18 pallets of water was donated to their cause, which will keep everyone hydrated.
“I kept hearing all this stuff that was happening and felt really bad for all the people that were going through what … no one should ever have to go through,” she recalls.
“I went the office and said ‘Guys, what can we do?’ I called my good friend over at Murray Honda who immediately helped me out, we made contact with BigSteelBox, they gave me a [6 metre / 20 foot] container and said they’d give us a transport up to wherever we need the supplies to go, then it just spiraled from there,” she says. “I’m overwhelmed with the support from the community of Chilliwack and everyone in general.”
“It’s inspiring to know that there is this many good people and everybody just wants to make sure everyone is taken care of,” Kemp says.
Getting out to Chilliwack can be a bit of a challenge, but Kemp says there are ways anyone can help. You can find out more through their Facebook group Rise Above the Ashes 2017.
They will be at Townsend Park 45130 Wolfe Rd until 4pm today and from 9am to 4pm tomorrow.