Doors open for evacuees

Madison Erhardt

British Columbians are opening their doors and hearts for people impacted by wildfires burning across the Province.

All YMCAs in B.C. are opening their doors to evacuees, at the organization's 12 locations in Prince George, Kamloops, Victoria, Kelowna and the Lower Mainland.

“We invite evacuees to visit ... shower and clean up, rest in a safe space or take part in a drop-in program like basketball, fitness classes or swimming,” said Amanda Alexander, CEO of the YMCA of Northern B.C. 

“The province and many of B.C.’s children and families are in a state of emergency right now, and we welcome all people impacted by the wildfires to find refuge at the Y.”

Meanwhile, Big White Ski Resort is offering up affordable accommodation for wildfire evacuees seeking safe refuge.

“This is our opportunity to make sure those in need understand that Big White is an option," said vice-president Michael J. Ballingall.

"Many large, self-contained units up in the alpine are pet friendly, with plenty of things for the kids to do. Might just be the answer evacuees are looking for. We pray for snow in the winter, and now we’re praying for rain in the summer," he added. 

For more information, visit www.chaletsatbigwhite.com or call 1-800-491-9496.

A cat boarding facility in West Kelowna says it's also willing to help out any fire victims with accommodating their cats or even a small dog or two.

Helen at Sweet Petite Luxury Cat Hotel said she can be reached at www.sweetpetitecathotel.com, by phone at 778-754-7387 or email: [email protected].

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