The Red Cross is urging people to make monetary donations opposed to food, water and other items when it comes to helping those affected by the wildfires in British Columbia.
Andrew Hopkins, with the Canadian Red Cross, says financial donations help the most because the need differs between affected communities.
“Financial donations are the most flexible in a response such as this, and in terms of the B.C. fires. That money allows the Canadian Red Cross to be very flexible and to react very quickly to demands and to needs of clients, which may change depending on the situation,” said Hopkins.
People are not encouraged to drive supplies or donations to B.C. unless asked to by officials.
Financial donations can be made to the British Columbia Fire Appeal on the Canadian Red Cross’ website.
Hopkins also said those affected by the wildfires can register for assistance at www.redcross.ca/gethelp or by calling 1-800-863-6582.
With files from Trevor Snell