The Province of British Columbia has announced it will match any donation made to the Red Cross for people affected by the wildfires.
Up to $20 million will be matched until October 12, 2018, as the Red Cross works to help people and communities impacted by the almost 600 fires burning throughout B.C.
“The Province is supporting this critical work by matching contributions to the Red Cross, so donations will go even further,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.
The B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency on August 15 to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation. The state of emergency is in effect for 14 days and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.
“We know people in B.C. and across the country are concerned and want to help. Donating to the Red Cross is a great way to do that,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
“Our government is doing everything we can to support firefighters and emergency responders, and keep people and communities as safe as possible.
Donations can be made by calling 1-800-418-1111, through local Canadian Red Cross offices, or online at: www.redcross.ca