“Overwhelming Generosity” Noted
Prince George, B.C. – As of late yesterday, there were nearly 7,000 evacuees in Prince George, and the residents and businesses in the city have stepped up to help in a number of ways.
In addition to the hundreds who have registered with Volunteer PG to help out, local businesses and organizations have been offering assistance as well, from free admission and use of facilities to free pet food and storage of recreational vehicles .
And cash donations continue to pour in to the Red Cross. As of Friday, $2.8 million dollars had been donated to the B.C. Wildfire Relief fund set up by the Red Cross.
Assistant Deputy Minister of Emergency Management B.C. , Robert Turner says “The Provincial Government recognizes the overwhelming generosity of the residents of British Columbia and the various organizations who are pulling together to help those affected by the wildfires burning in various areas throughout the province and anyone wanting to assist has a variety of ways to do so.”
There have been plenty of folks wanting to donate household items, clothing, and food, but Turner says now is not the time “Municipalities and evacuation centres may not be able to accept or manage material donations from members of the public or businesses. It’s a very labour intensive process to sort and distribute in-kind contributions.” He says the Province is developing a plan to manage the assistance that has been offered and organize donations. He says information on that will be coming forward in the near future.
Turner says the best thing people can do now, is to make a donation to the Red Cross . A list of links to organizations providing assistance is available by clicking here.