Thank You for Supporting Relief Efforts for BC Wildfire Victims

Donation Drive for BC Fire Victims The summer of 2017 saw parts of BC devastated by the worst wildfire season on record. Tens of thousands of BC residents were forced to evacuate their homes, and many more will continue to be affected by them for months, and even years to come.

A number of great BC organizations stepped up and championed fundraising activities to help those affected by the fires. We were happy a few of these groups asked us to join their causes to help get supplies to those in need.

In July 2017, two donation drives were held to help wildfire victims in BC. BigSteelBox was able to support these wonderful drives by donating the use of 20-foot BigSteelBox shipping containers, their transportation to the donation sites in Chilliwak and Nanaimo, and their shipment to the affected communities.

We would like to acknowledge the groups that organized events to collect donations of critically needed items such as baby supplies, hygiene products, pet supplies, cash, and food for the many BC families who were displaced by forest fires:

1) Chilliwack, BC: This drive was organized in collaboration by Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association, Murray Honda and The Drive.

  • Interior of donation Box during Chilliwak, BC driveFrom July 14-16, donations were collected at Chilliwack’s Townsend Park. Two truckloads of goods were sent to Kamloops on two occasions, totalling over 43,000 lbs.
  • Donations supported Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association’s evacuation centre, as well as the Cloverdale Centre, Kamloops Food Bank and Four Paws Food Bank.
  • Cash donations of over $4,000 allowed for the purchase of supplies and goods for evacuees taking refuge in both Cloverdale and Chilliwack.
  • After the shipment of the containers full of donated items, the Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association continued to serve at Extension Centres as needed and worked with the local Emergency Response Crew to determine the best place for the remaining donations.

2) Nanaimo, BC: Organized in collaboration by Disaster Aid Canada, Rotary Clubs in Nanaimo and Lantzville (5 clubs in total), and Ryder Transportation.

  • Donation Box set up in Nanaimo, BCFrom July 29-31, donations were collected at Nanaimo North Town Centre.
  • Three 20-foot BigSteelBox containers were completely filled with donations - two were shipped to Kamloops and one was sent to Ashcroft.
  • A special thank you goes out to the Saanich Fire Department who sent two staff members, every two hours for two days to help load the containers at Save-On-Foods on Blanchard Street.

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed and donated their time, effort and money for these initiatives in support victims of the wildfires in their time of need!

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