Chemainus Coastal Community Credit Union is accepting donations for wildfire victims in B.C. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Coastal Community accepting donations for B.C. wildfire victims

Chemainus branch contributions will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross for disbursement

The Chemainus branch is among the Coastal Community Credit Union locations accepting donations to aid wildfire victims in B.C.

This is already the worst wildfire season on record in the province and it’s not done yet. Thousands of B.C. residents have been impacted by wildfires, poor air quality and evacuation orders. There’s an urgent need for assistance, and Coastal Community is serving as a site where people can aid the relief effort with contributions to the BC Fires Appeal on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross.

“When we experience the kind of wildfire seasons we’ve had in the last few years, our members, clients and employees often look to us as a place where they can donate funds, knowing it will be delivered to where it is needed most,” noted Allyson Prescesky, Coastal Community’s Senior Manager of Community and Communications.

Coastal Community employees will be happy to assist at any location. Donations can also be made online through the Red Cross site. Tax receipts for donations of $20 or more will be issued directly from the Red Cross, and all donations to the charity will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the B.C. government up to a total of $20 million until Oct. 12.

Working alongside provincial and local governments and Indigenous leaders, the Red Cross will use the funds for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long term recovery, resiliency and preparedness for future events in B.C. and the Yukon, including consequential events related to the fires.

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