How Can You Help?
Prince George, B.C.-Since the wildfires started raging through the Cariboo, many residents outside the affected areas have been asking how they can help , the quick answer is to donate to the Red Cross.
While the needs of the evacuees are still being assessed, it is next to impossible for the volunteers at the emergency operations centre to take the time to accept, sort and store donations of items. Their time may be best spent working with those who have just arrived from 100 Mile House, or any of the other areas and communities evacuated.
The Red Cross has set up a specific BC Wildfires donation page which can be accessed here.
The B.C. Liquor Stores will be accepting donations at the till – in increments of $2, $5, or multiples thereof – 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.
There is a bulletin board outside the Emergency Operation Centre at CNC, where people have been posting notes about available housing, support for livestock etc.
Some sites in Prince George are opening their doors to evacuees, free of charge.
- The YMCA in Prince George has opened its doors to evacuees, would like to shower , rest in a safe space or take part in a drop-in program like basketball, fitness classes or the children’s rec room. evacuees simply need to visit the YMCA with identification that includes a photo and their home address.
- Exploration Place is offering free admission to evacuee families, they simply need to show a wristband, or evacuation registration.
- The Railway and Forestry Museum will be open for a special event on Wednesday from 11 till 3. No admission fee for those who have an evacuation registration form.