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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province will be matching Red Cross donations up to $20 million to help those affected by wildfires.

“This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us what we can do when we work together, and this is another chance for us to do that,” said Mike Farnworth, B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “The Province continues to support evacuees through Emergency Support Services. By matching Red Cross contributions, donations will go even further to aid community recovery and the Red Cross’ critical work on the ground.”

The federal government will also be supporting the Red Cross’ campaign by also matching contributions. Meaning that every $1 donated will turn into $3.

“The Government of Canada is, and will continue to be, a strong and active partner to assist people and communities affected by the wildfires in British Columbia,” said Bill Blair, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

“We are committed to providing a co-ordinated federal response that is also complimentary to existing programs to the residents of Lytton and surrounding communities. We are pleased to join together with British Columbia for this donation-matching campaign encouraging Canadians to contribute with charitable donations to the Canadian Red Cross.”

The Canadian Red Cross is working with the Province, local authorities, and First Nations leaders to help those affected by the province’s wildfires, including the people of Lytton.

The wildfire season this year started early, and the weather is expected to stay dry and hot for a bit longer in some areas of the province.

“We know people in B.C. and across the country are concerned for those affected by the many current wildfires in our province and the threat of more, and want to find a way to help communities recover. Donating to the Red Cross is a great way to help,” said Katrine Conroy, 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. The Red Cross provides critical help in emergency situations like this, and it’s important that we support that work.”

For the Province to match the donations, they need to be provided to the British Columbia Fires Appeal Fund. Donations can be made through the Red Cross website and in person at BC Liquor Stores and BC Cannabis Stores.

The Province will be matching donations until December 31st, 2021.

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