How You Can Help People Affected by Wildfire
Donations to the Canadian Red Cross
Donations from individuals to the Red Cross to help people affected by recent wildfires will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the BC government up to a total of $20 million. Donations will be matched until October 12, 2018. Those wishing to help are encouraged to make a financial donation to the Red Cross online or by calling 1 800 418-1111. Find the complete new release at BC Gov News.
Donating used items like clothing or furniture is thoughtful, but can be a financial and logistical challenge for communities already struggling in times of disaster. The cost of accepting, sorting, storing and dispersing usable items, as well as throwing away unusable items, often far exceeds the benefit.
Please note that collection of items is not needed at this time and the best way to support people affected by the current wildfire situation is through a financial donation. Cash is best because:
- It’s portable, timely, and cost-efficient
- It’s flexible
- It supports local economies
- It does not require shipping and transportation costs
- It decreases environmental impact
- Sometimes organizations match cash donations, making your donation go further
If you aren’t able to donate cash, consider holding a garage sale for your used items and contributing the proceeds.
Once evacuees start to return home and specific needs are identified, this information will be shared with the public.
How to Donate Carefully
Only donate to reputable, well-established charities. DO NOT give to door-to-door or over the phone campaigns.
- Avoid giving cash or using wire transfer services. Cheques should be made out to an organization, not an individual
- Donations made online should only be done on secure websites
- When asked for donations (over the phone, through an email or in person), ask the canvasser for identification or printed information about the charity
- Beware of high-pressure tactics. A legitimate charity will still be there tomorrow. Feel free to take the information and sleep on it
- Do an internet search for the charity’s name and background
- If you have concerns about the activities of a charitable organization, including its fundraising practices, call the Canada Revenue Agency at 1 877-442-2899
Large or corporate donations offers or inquiries can be sent to the Province of BC at email@example.com