Campbell Riverites showed off their charitable side by donating thousands of dollars to the Canadian Red Cross BC Fires’ Appeal campaign at local BC Liquor and BC Cannabis locations.
The generous contributions will go towards aiding B.C. residents affected by this year’s wildfires.
The BC Liquor Store on Dogwood raised $25,591 between July 3 and Sept. 3, ranking sixth out of BCLS stores in the province; while customers at the Willow Point location donated $5,666.
The Discovery Harbour BC Cannabis Store ranked second in donations among BCCS stores in the province, with $8,631.
The program raised more than $1.45 million in donations, and was matched by both the provincial and federal governments for a total exceeding $4.35 million.
“This summer, we’ve witnessed first-hand the devastation from the wildfires and our thoughts are with all those who lost their homes and had their lives disrupted,” said Blain Lawson, general manager and CEO of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB). “Once again, our customers have displayed overwhelming generosity and we are thrilled that the provincial and federal governments will be matching their donations. We are proud to be an official disaster partner of the Canadian Red Cross and are grateful to our employees for their incredible support of these important campaigns.”
The funds raised will help Red Cross support immediate and ongoing relief efforts in B.C. communities affected by wildfires, as well as support long-term recovery, resiliency and preparedness for future events in British Columbia and impacted regions.
“Thank you to all the customers and staff at the BC Liquor Distribution Branch for your incredible support of the Canadian Red Cross British Columbia Fires Appeal,” said Patrick Quealey, vice-president, British Columbia and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross. “This year’s wildfire season has impacted communities throughout the province and every dollar allows us to deliver much needed help now and in the weeks and months ahead.”