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Fundraiser for wildfire evacuees held in Kamloops

Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm PST

A fundraiser held in Kamloops for those forced out of their homes by wildfires. (Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Corporation donations started coming in earlier this week

Thousands remain out of their homes after wildfires broke out two weeks ago

KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) – There seems to be no end to the generosity of a BC city that’s become the temporary home of thousands of wildfire evacuees for the past two weeks. A fundraiser was held this afternoon for those forced out of their homes as a state of emergency continues province-wide.

The BC Wildheart tailgater party was organized by a team of local business leaders, including Mitchell Zulinick who is the chief operating officer of the Arrow Trucking Company. “By Tuesday afternoon we had almost $200,000 in corporate commitments. I don’t know where it’s going to end up but it’s already far exceeded my expectations.”

Several evacuees NEWS 1130 spoke with say they’re grateful for the help. “They put us up at Sun Peaks,” explains one mother who admits things have been tough for her children.

Edna Johnson has been staying at an evacuation centre since Sunday morning and she doesn’t know when she’ll be allowed to go home. “[It’s been] stressful, but the people in Kamloops have been really nice. It’s overwhelming with good spirit.”

Organizers believe they have collected more than $300,000 for the Canadian Red Cross. And, if you’d like to pitch in, you can help the Canadian Red Cross by texting FIRES to 45678. Your $10 donation will go toward the provincial fundraising appeal.

Resources

The BC Wildfire Service
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Environment Canada
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Red Cross
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