Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and other Cariboo Regional District communities are asking people to stop sending donated goods, such as food, clothing and household items.
According to the Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), the communities do not have the resources to manage donations of goods. The EOC said emergency responders and essential service providers in the region are focused on wildfire suppression and supporting returning evacuees.
“The Cariboo Regional District, District of 100 Mile House and City of Williams Lake recognize that many people want to help those affected by wildfire and the goodwill is much appreciated,” the EOC said in a statement.
“However, donated items may not match up with the needs of affected people. Further, donations require storage and processing. Communities within the Cariboo region are not able to manage this workload at this time.”
The EOC said specific donations may be needed at a later date and they will share the information with the community at that time.
Monetary donations are still being accepted by the B.C. SPCA, United Way, the Canadian Red Cross and other local charities.