TORONTO, July 11, 2017 /THQ/—“As wildfires rage in B.C.'s interior, The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services is on alert to provide fast, efficient service to first responders and those impacted by the disaster,” says Lt-Colonel Brian Venables, Divisional Commander. “The Salvation Army’s established and well-rehearsed emergency protocol allows the organization to offer practical support such as food and water, as well as emotional and spiritual care.”
With more than 14,000 people already evacuated, Salvation Army emergency response teams have supported several communities in the interior. In Williams Lake, a Salvation Army response team provided 1,750 meals over the weekend. Another team in Prince George partnered with local restaurants to distribute over 450 meals as thousands of evacuees continue to enter the city. In Kamloops, a Salvation Army team assisted an estimated 3,500 evacuees from Cache Creek, supplying hydration and emotional support.
As The Salvation Army continues to provide assistance to those impacted by the wildfires, financial support from the public is encouraged. Donations can be made online at SalvationArmy.ca/bcfires or by calling: 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
“It is our mission to offer hope and practical support in the midst of challenging circumstances,” says. Perron Goodyear, Territorial Emergency Disaster Services Director. "We are grateful for all who partner with us to make a difference in communities across the country and in the lives of people impacted by disaster."
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and in 128 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
For further information or to arrange media interviews please contact:
Mike Leland, TSA BC Division
Email: Mike_Leland@can.salvationarmy.org Cell: 604-375-4042
Major John Murray, TSA Territorial Headquarters, Toronto
Email: John_Murray@can.salvationarmy.org Cell: 416-889-4954