Princeton mayor grateful for physical donations; says money for flood victims most helpful donation now

Mayor: Money most helpful

The mayor of Princeton says his community is incredibly grateful for all the physical donations of food and clothing, and now as people return home to gutted properties, the best way to help is through monetary donations.

The Community Foundation of South Okanagan has set up a fund in partnership with the Town of Princeton, with all money raised going directly to citizens needing emergency relief from the historic floods that swept town in mid-November.

Mayor Spencer Coyne is overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the support that has poured in ever since.

"We're being overrun with clothing and food and all that stuff right now. It's amazing how much we have, we're running out of space to put everything," Coyne said.

Now that they have enough of those material objects, Coyne said the best way to help the community is donating to the fund. Many of the people who have lost their homes in Princeton are unable to find help through insurance.

"That fund is so important, that's going to go directly to the flood victims. We're working on a plan to help them. I meet with them today, we're going to work on a way to get [the victims] that funding directly. It's not going to be going to the municipality, it's not going to be going to another organization or anything, just to those people," Coyne explained.

Anyone with clothes and food to donate could look at Merritt or the Spences Bridge area instead, Coyne suggested.

"Those people who are going to go home to nothing. And we need to start being good neighbours and helping them," Coyne said.

He added that while the community continues to rebuild, they will never forget the support that has come their way since the disaster started.

"Just keep an eye on our social media, we will let you know what we need for physical donations. But right now our flood victims need are going to need that financial support. And now we need to be looking at our neighbours. And we need to be helping them the best we can and that's funnelling clothing and food to them as well."

Find the Princeton flood relief support page here, and learn more about supporting Merritt here.

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