Samaritan’s Purse Canada is helping families in the B.C. Interior who have lost their homes and belongings to wildfires raging in the region this summer.
At the invitation of Thompson-Nicola Regional District, the Christian relief and development organization has moved a convoy of vehicles — including a disaster relief unit tractor-trailer — to the region, along with trained leaders who will equip and deploy clean-up volunteers.
“Our experience helping fire victims has taught us that the opportunity for residents to return to their homes with trained volunteers to safely sift through rubble and recover whatever wasn’t burned is a critical step in their recovery,” said Tammy Suitor, Canadian disaster relief manager for Samaritan’s Purse Canada.
“We are honoured to be able to help.”
Samaritan’s Purse has extensive experience responding to wildfires across Canada, including the 2016 blaze that burned more than 2,400 buildings in Fort McMurray, Alta., and the 2017 wildfire that destroyed the Boston Flats trailer park near Ashcroft.
Any TNRD homeowners needing help can call 1-833-738-7743. Volunteers should register online at samaritanspurse.ca
Samaritan’s Purse’s disaster relief units are outfitted with disaster-recovery equipment, including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers. They also serve as volunteer co-ordination centres and are equipped with a self-contained office, communications system and other supplies.
Those who would like to donate to support Samaritan’s Purse’s disaster-relief efforts can do so online at samaritanspurse.ca or by calling 1-800-663-6500.