As you may know from living in Canada or following Canadian news, the province of British Columbia is having a massive problem with wildfires at the moment; affecting several communities and forcing residents to evacuate their homes. Most recently, the citizens of William’s Lake have had to evacuate their homes.
As someone who has been following the news from the safety of the lower mainland, let me just say how heart-wrenching it is to watch these devastating scenes unfold. I cannot begin to fathom the distress the people and families of these communities are feeling; leaving their homes and not knowing whether it’ll be there when they return.
Nevertheless, in the midst of crisis comes the light. For instance, The rest of Canada (including Fort MacMurray) has banded together to help the residents of the fire-stricken communities; providing shelter, water, and other necessities that these evacuees may need. Additionally, the other provinces of Canada have provided extra firefighters and military personnel to help assist British Columbia’s current, overstretched roster.
How You Can Help The Victims of British Columbia’s Fires
Fortunately, if you are looking to help support the victims, there are several ways that you can help. Here are a few examples:
- Donate to the Canadian Red Cross
- Donate or volunteer lodging through the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s Facebook Groups
- Donate to Foodbanks BC
Please be aware that during crisis’ like these, sadly, scammers tend to come out to play. As such, officials are urging donors to stay away from crowdfunded campaigns.
In The Meantime
While there seems to be no end in sight for these fires, I hold hope that the weather starts to cooperate with the firefighters so that they may gain control of the situation. In the meantime, I urge my fellow British Columbians to take extra precautions so that no new fires get started.
In the meantime, I’m sending my love and positive thoughts to the people and communities affected by this dire situation. Also, many thanks go out to the firefighters out there for their bravery and their tireless efforts in fighting these fires.