Relief and fundraising efforts underway for B.C. flood victims

Relief and fundraising efforts underway for B.C. flood victims

Vancouver Canuck fans are supporting flood relief efforts across BC by buying a 50/50 ticket at home games, or online until November 21st.

“If you are able to and you are not at the game, you can jump online: Your chance to win some money, and contribute to a good cause.”

Wednesday’s game against Colorado raised more than $150,000.

Patricia Mamic, Public and Government Affairs Director, The Salvation Army, said relief efforts began earlier this week in the Fraser Valley.

“We’ve launched a massive emergency response to this. We’ve been on the ground, day one, in the most affected communities and we’ve actually deployed five of our trained emergency response units to be on the frontlines.”

As part of its relief efforts, the Salvation Army is keeping centres open for affected residents, supplying meals, clothes and blankets.

“Right now, a lot of people have had to evacuate. So we have evacuation centres that we’ve set up. And we’re working around the clock to provide meals for those people and provide warm shelter for them. And to support them with warm clothes, with blankets, and with emotional support right now,” Mamic said.

Geoff Urton is the BC SPCA‘s Emergency Response Director on Vancouver Island, and he said the scale of the disaster is unprecedented.

“It’s probably the biggest disaster facing farm animals the province has ever seen,” noted Urton.

The BC SPCA is offering emergency boarding for pets of evacuees at its location in Kamloops and providing pet food and supplies for those who have been displaced.

“As the floodwaters subside, animal owners, government, animal responders, including support from the BC SPCA will get in to provide support and assistance as it’s safe for us to do so,” Urton said.

Ten charities fundraising for flood and mudslide victims can be found at one website: CanadaHelps.Org. 

The Red Cross also launched its BC Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal to support those impacted, providing immediate help to affected areas as quickly as possible.

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