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How you can help B.C.'s wildfire victims

Many British Columbians are looking for ways to help those affected by the wildfires in B.C.’s Interior. Here are a few options. United for B.C. fund The United Way is relaunching its United for B.C.
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A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. The B.C. Wildfire Service says the wildfire burning near Lytton, B.C., has grown since Friday night as another blaze forced more than 100 homes to be evacuated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Many British Columbians are looking for ways to help those affected by the wildfires in B.C.’s Interior. Here are a few options.

United for B.C. fund

The United Way is relaunching its United for B.C. Wildfire Recovery Fund to help provide immediate and long-term assistance through non-profit agencies including the Canadian Red Cross and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

United Way B.C. has contributed an initial $200,000 to the fund, which aims to help displaced residents, and those who have lost housing, belongings or employment.

For more information or to make a donation, go to donate.uwbc.ca.

Red Cross

The Red Cross is now accepting donations to support those affected by the wildfires.

Donations to the British Columbia Fires Appeal can be made at redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111. Donations will be used for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long term recovery, resiliency, and preparedness for future events in British Columbia and impacted regions, including consequential events related to the fires.

The agency is also aiding with reunification efforts and has set up a phone line to help connect people. Anyone who has been separated from family as a result of the fires or who is looking for someone who has been displaced can call 1-800-863-6582 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Individual fundraisers

GoFundMe has compiled a list of “verified” fundraisers who are raising money for those affected by the wildfires.