MISSION (NEWS 1130) — Tourism groups across the Fraser Valley are coming together to collect donations for the victims of the devastating Lytton fire, which has forced thousands to flee their homes.
The wildfire which is estimated at about 8,000 hectares in size, with further growth expected, has destroyed 90 per cent of the village.
So, in a joint effort to help those impacted by the fire, Clare Seeley, Manager of Tourism for Mission, tells NEWS 1130 tourism areas like Hope, Harrison Hot Springs, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack are accepting donations of clothing, toiletries, toys for kids — anything victims of this fire may need.
“I’m hopeful that across all of the communities, we’re going to see a huge outpouring of support,” she says.
“We’ve seen a large number of toiletries, bottles of water, clothing, diapers, toys for children, literally a really wide arrangement of things because obviously, the community has lost everything. So they are going to need a lot of stuff as we move forward.”
Visitor centres in those cities will be accepting anything you have to spare through the week.
Here is a list of Donation Centres:
Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
July 2 – 5, 10-am – 5pm
Visitor Centre, 44150 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack
July 2 – 4, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Tourism Harrison – Currently accepting Cash Donations Only
Harrison Visitor Centre, 499 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs
July 1 – 5, 9:30am – 5pm
Tourism Hope, Cascades & Canyons
Visitor Centre, 919 Water Avenue
July 1 – 8, 10am – 5pm
Tourism Langley – Cash Donations Only
Office, 220-5385 216th Street, Langley
July 2 & 5, 9am – 5pm
Visitor Centre, 34033 Lougheed Highway, Mission
July 1, 10am – 2pm
Goodwin Greenhouses organized by Rob Thiessen
Mobile Donation Centre (Outside of Fresh Co.), 27566 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove
July 1, 10am – 5pm
Agassiz-Harrison Museum – Currently accepting Cash Donations Only
7011 Pioneer Ave, Agassiz
July 1st – 8th, 10am – 4pm