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Okanagan jumps to help

As Chris Brown watched the devastation unfolding in the B.C. Interior, he knew he had to help.

So, Monday morning, he took to social media to ask for donations that he would personally drive to Prince George for wildfire evacuees.

The response was more than he expected.

At first, Brown wondered if he would even be able to fill his 14-foot flat-deck trailer, but now not only will the trailer be full, so will his truck.

“It has been amazing. It's enough to bring a man to tears, to be honest with you,” he said. “The community has been pulling together. I have had people from West Kelowna to Salmon Arm wanting to make donations.”

Brown, who owns CM Renovations and Interiors, will be heading to Prince George this evening.

There are so many donated items that Dan-Mel Moving of Lake Country has donated a four-ton moving truck that will also take items to the besieged residents.

Capri Insurance locations from Kelowna to Vernon, and Cloverdale Paint in Vernon have been drop-off points. Brown said “they have been getting lambasted with donations, which is awesome.”

Brown said the biggest needs he has been getting requests for are toiletries, feminine products, Gatorade, water, clean clothing, pillows and blankets.

“There are a lot of people walking around with the clothes on their backs,” he said.

And it's not just human evacuees Brown hopes to help.

“There are 230 horses and more coming in and they are burning through eight big round bales of hay a day. We're trying to figure out how to get some feed up to them,” he said.

“I will do another trip if there are enough donations, maybe in another week.”

Brown hopes to livestream videos of the trip on his company's Facebook page.



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