B.C. residents donated over $100,000 to wildfire victims

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After wild fires ravaged the province, it seems B.C. residents have stepped up to help those who lost everything.

Over $100,000 in donations were collected from August 18 to September 6 at 196 BC Liquor Store locations to help people who were displaced and whose homes burned to the ground. The amounts were $2 and $5, or multiples of either.

Little Bobtail Lake Fire / Image: B.C. Wildfire Service

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The donations went to the Red Cross and were used to reunite family members and provide blankets, food, and water. The money will also be used to help replace work equipment and aiding in rent.

“The recovery for many in B.C.’s southern interior is only just beginning,” said Kimberley Nemrava with the Red Cross in a statement.

“This incredible generosity from the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, its stores and customers will help Red Cross volunteers continue their outreach to people who lost homes to the flames. Thank you for supporting the ongoing efforts of the Red Cross and its partners in communities like Rock Creek, Westbridge and Oliver.”

More than 30 homes were destroyed in the Rock Creek and Oliver areas after a fire was sparked on August 14. Hundreds of people were displaced.

More then 1,600 wildfires blazed through the province this year due to a particularly hot and dry summer. The last time the Red Cross had to implement disaster relief efforts in B.C. was in 2003 after another particularly bad year for wildfires.

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