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Charitable Donation Funds
Free Offers of Assistance to Evacuees/
Donations Not Needed
Charitable Donation Funds
Kelowna and Area Okanagan Fire Recovery Trust Fund:
The City of Kelowna has
established the Kelowna and Area Okanagan Fire Recovery Trust Fund to help
rebuild lives and areas that were directly impacted by the Okanagan Mountain
Provincial Park forest fire. Donations
can be made at any Scotiabank branch in Canada to account number
80150-00058-19. Cheques should be made payable to the City of Kelowna Fire
Recovery. Charitable donation tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10
Myra Canyon Trestle
Restoration: The process of rebuilding the Kettle Valley Rail Trail through
historic Myra Canyon and area has begun and donations are now being
accepted to start the process. The Kelowna and Area Okanagan Fire Recovery Trust
Fund now has a sub-account specifically for the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration.
Click here to donate to the trestle
Only four wooden trestles remain 1, 12, 16, 17. The wood decks on the
metal trestles 6 and 8 have been burned off.
See maps for trestle
placement. (Map 1 JPG 42K) (Map
87K) See also our photo gallery for
The Red Cross has established a B.C. Fire Relief
Fund that you can contribute to by calling 1-800-418-1111 or via the internet at
https://secure.csfm.com/redcross/. The Kelowna office is at 2280B Leckie
Road - office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
The Central Okanagan Foundation
has set up a fire relief fund. See full press release
Okanagan Fire Relief - Donation Web Site -
Acro Media has set up a dedicated
web site for
those wishing to donate money to the families affected by the Okanagan fires.
Donations can be made online using Visa or MasterCard. Money collected will be
given to the charitable organizations assisting in the fire relief for the
For questions or more information, contact Paul Kiefte at
ADRA (Aventist Development and Relief Agency) is a non-profit,
charitable organization, that offers relief to disaster victims and it develops
programmes. They are accepting goods donations at their warehouse at 2300
Trails BC is working with private and public partners to establish a
Trestle & Trail Building Fund. Trails BC can accept donations and issue
tax-deductible receipts. The fund will go toward rebuilding the Myra Canyon
Trestles as well as the peripheral Trans Canada Trail infrastructure such as
repairing route damage, replacing trail marker signs and installing route maps."
Donations can be made to Trails BC at 315 - 1367 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Or at Mountain Equipment Co-op at 150 West Broadway in Vancouver.
A Trails BC Membership/Donation form is available on the web site at
http://www.trailsbc.ca See also
SPCA: The SPCA is issuing an urgent appeal for funds
to deal with housing needs pets it has housed as a result of the forest
Click to donate online or call 1-800-665-1868 Buckerfields at Springfield and Spall
is also accepting money donations on behalf of the SPCA for feed etc.
Noah's Wish is
trained in emergency response for animals and is set up at the Parkinson Rec.
Center. In demand is cash donations, crates of assorted sizes, name
tags, polaroid 600 film, Canadian Tire gift cards/money. Phone 763-8732 or
donate via their website.
Silk FM: Yellow Ribbon Campaign - Show your support of the firefighters and stop by Silk FM at 1598 Pandosy, and
pick up your yellow ribbon. By Donation. All proceeds to the fire
Safeway: Employees and customer donations will be matched dollar for
dollar and donated to the red Cross Fire Relief Fund.
Wal-Mart: All 22 BC Wal-Mart stores are now fund raising and Wal-Mart
Canada will match every dollar donated. All monies raised will go to the
Yellow Ribbon Campaign.
Canadian Tire: Owner Keith Gostlin will match every dollar donated.
Sears: Sears will be making a $10,000 donation and will also accept any
of their customers donations which will go to the Red Cross Fire Relief Fund.
London Drugs: All BC London Drugs sores are taking part in raising funds
which go to the Red Cross Relief Fund. As of September 10th, $114,000 has
The Bay and Zellers: Donate your HBC Reward points and Hudson's Bay
Company will convert them to dollars and donate them to the Red Cross Relief
Coopers: Coopers Foods has donated $2,000 and will accept your donation.
Save on Foods: Donate your points and Save on Foods will donate a dollar
for each 1,000 points donated and match with another dollar, which will be
donated ti the Red Cross Relief Fund.
Bone Appetite : Anybody wanting to donate money to buy food for
animals please drop donations off at Bone Appetite on Kane Rd in
Westbank Animal Care Hospital : There is an account set up under "Noah's Wish
Animal Fund" at Westbank Animal Care Hospital that is receiving donations
for use by folks with animals in need of care, or who require special diets etc.
Please contact the clinic at 768-4688 to arrange to drop off a donation or for
Buckerfields: Buckerfields located at Springfield and Spall
is accepting money donations on behalf of the SPCA for feed etc.
Registered Massage Therapists who are available to donate their time please
go to the Kelowna Firehall on Enterprise Way (across from Orchard Park). Please contact Matthew Longman at 878-0409 or 878-3936
to let him know when you are available.
Free Offers of Assistance
Evacuees & Fire Personnel
Voyager RV has numerous Travel Trailers, and 5th. wheel homes that
are furnished and can be financed up to 15 years with no money down (OAC).
They can be prepaid with no penalty or the initial payment can be deferred for
up to 6 months. Those who lost their homes can move in quickly, on their own
property, during reconstruction. As these homes have holding tanks Voyager RV
can provide them with portable "Totes" which can be taken to a sanitary
station for dumping. When they are finished with the RV they have the option
of selling it privately or we will be pleased to sell it for them. Voyager RV
does not charge for this service. This could be much less than renting. Please
call Dennis at 250 766 4607 or 800 668 1447 for more info.Lifemark has a large clinic on Ambrosi by Art
Knapp's and can offer their facility for showering, etc for any volunteers who
need it. Call 860-4122 and ask for Jamie MacGregor or Jennifer Olsen for more
RentBC has created a
Community Listing Board where
people and companies looking to provide help and
people needing help can list and
look for short term housing (hotels, B&B's etc.) , shared accommodation,
storage, animal care and services. There is also a link to the Castanet rental
listing classifieds which is free to search and post during this time of
- Trinity Baptist Church is a place where
evacuees can come for lodging and food. We still have many beds available.
Bedding and supplies have been donated by businesses in our city. Trinity
Baptist Church 1905 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC V1Y 7V7 (250) 860-3273 Fax:
A number of Whistler accommodation
properties are offering assistance to the fire victims and evacuees.
Participating properties will provide accommodation on a complimentary basis
while the evacuation order is in place, based on availability at time of
Kelowna residents requiring accommodation simply need to call Tourism
Whistler's toll-free central reservations line at 1-800-WHISTLER and identify
themselves as a Kelowna resident from the affected area. Upon check-in at the
hotel, identification will be requested to confirm home address.
Evacuees can take their pets
to the BC SPCA - Kelowna Branch shelter on Casorso Road, which has not
been evacuated. Pet food and hay are also available. The shelter can be
reached at 861-7722.
- Doggietopia has offered to take in spayed or
neutered animals from the evacuees at no cost. Contact Brenda at
712-0899 for more details.
The Kelowna Riding Club on 3745 Gordon Road has stalls to take in horses or animals. Phone 762-6370.
- Jan has a small farm that can take in horses
or any other animals except cattle, dogs, cats or snakes. Phone
- Barble's Piglet Factory (1823 Pandosy)
is offering free housing (in cages) for cats, small dogs and piglets. Phone 764-7773.
- R & U Seene is offering their property (almost 6 Acres) all fenced for horses. We also have
shelter and water, but no feed except pasture. Phone 768
- Kin Racetrack Park in Vernon can take in over
70 horses. You can just take your horses there the stalls are open and there
is camping there so you can stay with your horses. There has been hay donated
as well. Their number is Robin 542-6456 or 542-7885.
up for horses (6 acres) is available with water. No food only pasture.
Shelter and stables. Call 768-3392.
- Medi-cal Veterinary Diets: Medi-cal has shipped a
large quantity of pet food for evacuated animals to Fairfield Animal Hospital in
Kelowna. Clinics or organizations in need of food for evacuees can contact
Fairfield at 860-6550 to arrange pick up.
- Williams Moving and Storage is offering free
moving boxes to evacuees. Pick up at Leckie Road and Dilworth Drive.
- St. George Moving and Storage is offering free
moving packing boxes. They are located at 1505 Hardy St. Phone 860-2392.
- BC Trailer has offered to donate any of their
available moving rental trailers at no charge for those people that are on
evacuation alert that need to move furniture, etc. from their homes. Various
sizes available, flat deck trailers also available if people need to move
un-insured or collector vehicles. People should call and ask for Bert at
- Nancy from Enigma has boxes available for
packing. Phone 862-5959.
- Recall has offered a 5 ton truck to help move
personal items. Call Jeff 878-7606.
- Packing boxes
will be made available at all Coopers
stores. Call Patrick Laidlaw at 765 6158 or 860
- Rick and Sylvia Hermans
have 100 moving boxes (cartons) to be picked up for free. Please
call 769-6939 or mail to
- Doreen from Lake Country is offering free RV
or boat storage for evacuees. Phone 766-4958.
- Karen from Craftsman Collision will store
vehicles. They have a locked compound. Phone 861-6191.
- K&R Marine has spots for approximately 20
boats or trailers in their fenced compound. Phone 860-4447.
storage is available at the Cook Road Boat Launch Parking Lot (corner of Cook
Road and Lakeshore Road) for any displaced residents scrambling to find short
term storage for extra vehicles. For more information please contact Jerry Dombowsky at 862-3339 x 618.
- Added Touch Detailing has room to store
vehicles, boats and etc. Secured site. Phone Dean 765-6689.
- Dockside Marine is making storage available.
Call Bill or Eric 765-3995.
Counseling / Medical
The Central Okanagan
Elizabeth Fry Society is offering support to residents of the Okanagan Mission
that are affected by the Fires in Okanagan Mountain. Staff are volunteering
counseling and support services free of charge to individuals that may need
extra emotional support during this time. Call 763-4613 to arrange and
Likemark Health Okanagan is offering free
physiotherapy and orthopedic medical attention for any firefighters and
volunteers who are injured while doing their part with the fire.
Kelowna-area Registered Psychologists
and other mental health professionals are offering limited duration counseling
free of charge to evacuees, 911 personnel, and their families affected by the
Okanagan Mountain and related fires. Please call the Kelowna Professional
Group at 762-2525 for assistance weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM through
September 30, 2003.Energy for Life
Wellness Center located at Unit 11 - 605 KLO Rd. in the Mission Park
Shopping is offering the following free service to firefighters and children
as long as the need is present starting September 2nd.
Call 717-1831 for
Recent injuries such as
sprains, strains, bruises, fractures or burns repair 2 to 3 times faster with
our treatments. Most serious burns heal with NO scars.
The Kelowna Chiropractic Centre is offering urgent chiropractic
services to those involved in fighting the fires. We are about a 1-2 minute
drive down from the kelowna fire department on Enterprise way. We are in the
Cooper centre plaza and are directly behind Wendy's on Hwy 97.
True Connections, a Kelowna-based non-profit society which provides
personal growth programs, life coaching and counseling services, youth retreats,
leadership and relationship development workshops, is reaching out to help our
community by offering an eight week program on Dealing with Loss and Sustaining
Community Spirit. This is True Connections' gift to the Okanagan community and
will be held at no cost.
- Energy for Life Wellness Center (Unit 11 - 605 KLO Rd. in Mission
Park) is offering the following services as long as the need is present:
Pulsed Electro Magnetic treatments for injuries sustained by either the
firefighters or any of the evacuated residents (including children).
Treatments also available for fire distress citizens for stress relief,
exhaustion, lung disorders, sleep disorders, or any other stress or lack of
energy related conditions. Treatments are non-invasive and painless, with no
negative side-effects and last between 15 and 45 minutes. Call 717-1831
for appointment. Treatments will begin on Tuesday September 2. Firefighters
and children will be treated at NO CHARGE. Donations accepted from adults.
True Connections along with the Mekong Restaurant is hosting six Wednesday
evening sessions running from Sept 10th to October 15th. Please pre-register by
the previous Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Call True Connections at (250) 763-5556.
Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz are offering a free trip
anywhere in Canada to families in the Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops areas
whose primary residence has been destroyed by fire. This offer allows
individuals or families to travel to other parts of the country to stay with
family or friends if needed. Deadline for making reservations is September 20th
with all travel completed by September 30th. See press release for more
release for more.
Checkmate Cabs 861-1111 will
provide free rides for people (not goods) out of the evacuation areas.
Joe Charboneau has a 22
passenger bus available to transport people or fire personal. Call 545
6322 or cell 503 7667.
Can Am Cruisers has a
wheelchair accessible van and driver available for evacuation needs of those
people with mobility issues. Phone 470-9077.
# 200 - 410 Bernard
Avenue Kelowna BC V1Y 6N7. Phone 763-5800.
Search Engine Position is offering computer and
Internet access to Kelowna residents who have had to evacuate their homes.
The company will make up to 20 computers available. Staff will be on hand to help people access their email accounts
and for other assistance. For more information you can contact Searchengineposition at 861-5252.
Simply Computing Kelowna is opening its doors
and computer access to all forest fire evacuees. Enabling them to email
out-of-town friends and relatives on their well-being. Visit 543 Lawrence Ave.
Cyber Zone still has 40 LAN Gaming
Stations of 105 open for kids having been evacuated. To play for free. This should help as parents are implementing a plan.
- The YMCA-YWCA of the Central Okanagan
has opened up 40 childcare spaces at the Rutland Centennial Hall location to
accommodate children six to twelve years that are without childcare due to the
fire destruction and fire evacuation notices. For further information please
Apple Blossom, Crosstown, Home Style, Kelly's, Henderson, Busy Bee,
Minnella, Kelowna Crossing, Quality, Capri, Mission, and Glenmore dry cleaners
are offering free uniform cleaning for fire fighters and RCMP through
- Ricki's and Bootlegger in Orchard Park
Shopping Centre is giving 25% Discount on all clothing to all evacuees. To
receive this discount you must bring your evacuation forms and valid
identification. The discount will continue until further notice.
Food / Dining
- The Laughing Moon Restaurant (4600 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna) is available to fire fighters to eat for
free, or for evacuees with meal vouchers.
- Gold's Gym and Racquet Club has opened its doors at no charge to
military personnel and fire fighters who would like to use their facilities.
The Woman's Place Fitness Group is offering complimentary full
club usage to all female evacuees until September 15th, 2003.
Please present your evacuation registration papers.
Home Designs is offering a 25% discount to all of the fire victims on the
over 2200 Canadian house plans available on their
- Now that the destructive fire has passed, some Kelowna
residents have been left with a vacant lot, with no easy means for insurance
agents, building trades etc. to find them. Nite Glo Reflective Address
Signs and Posts would like to offer all families who lost their homes a
highly visible reflective address sign at 65% off the regular price and
25% off decorative scroll posts. The signs are made of high quality rust
resistant galvanized metal with double rolled edges for strength and safety.
These 911 approved signs are powder coated black and have highly visible
4"high and 3" wide reflective numbers. For more information or to order a sign
call in Kelowna (250) 212-2564.
If you lost your original Last Will and Testament or Power of Attorney
documents in the fire, Porter Ramsay, Lawyers would like to offer to you, at
no charge, their services to replace these documents for you. It is hoped
that this will, in a small way, lighten your burden. Please call Porter
Ramsay at 763-7646 for more information or email
Apex Audio Visual is offering free video taping
for residents who have lost their homes, and/or have serious damage to their
property for insurance purposes. Taping is done with a Digital Video Camera and
Still Digital Images which can then be transferred to CD, DVD or VHS or even
print. Contact Gord Gibbs - Apex Audio Visual 1917 Dayton Rd Kelowna
WCG (Job Wave / Job Stores) is offering free employment and HR
services to those affected by the fires any. These include the following:
- All clients of JobWave™ who have been
affected will be offered both help with finding stable employment and
financial assistance where necessary.
- Anyone else who is worried about their
income and employment stability during or after this crisis, are invited to
call or visit The JobStores™ locations where our staff can help with any
employment and human resources services that we offer, free of charge.
The Brick has achieved it's goal of assisting Families with over two
hundred mattresses. All of the employees and management at The Brick are proud
that we could assist our community during this current crisis. Special Thanks to
Simmons, Serta and Sealy for their generosity with supplying these beds.
Furniture Heaven is assisting families displaced by the Okanagan Mountain
by creating a registry of items needed by those seeking temporary furnishings.
Furniture Heaven also has other items that make a house feel like a home,
including pictures, mirrors, lamps, silk plants, etc.
Many people who are ordering new furniture may have to wait weeks or months to
receive their items, and we want to provide them with the things they need now
to get back to a comfortable routine. Once their homes are rebuilt and they
receive their new home furnishings, we will further assist by re-consigning
their temporary furnishings.
We need consignors to bring in unwanted home décor and accessories right away.
People who may need to create additional storage space at home to accommodate
victims saved belongings are asked to bring in photos of their furniture now, so
we may catalog it and match it up with those who need to redecorate their
temporary homes with basic living requirements. We require bedroom suites,
kitchen sets, dining room suites, entertainment units, tables and more. Please
bring in photos you can leave with us, or call about emailing them into us.
Accessories & home décor can be brought in to the store during regular business
Furniture Heaven is further assisting the firefighting efforts by being an
official drop-off for donations to the “KIN-Spire to Stop the FIRE”, a National
Kin Canada effort to raise money from across the country. Donations will be
forwarded to the campaign that is assisting with the cost of fighting the fire
and re-building those lives touched by the fires.
To register your needs come into the store or call 762-2231.
Hair / Manicure
Fire victims that have had their house destroyed or
damaged by fire or water may come to the Adventist Disaster Relief
Warehouse at 2300 Leckie Road. They can supply you with what
they have on hand including new products that have been delivered by
retail and wholesale companies, beds, beddings, furniture, food, and
clothes. Please bring your EFF # with you.
Donations Not Required
- The Public Health Office has advised for
public health safety that home-made food cannot be accepted at the City of
Kelowna Fire Hall, the Parkinson Recreation Centre and Kelowna Secondary
School Reception Centres or Trinity Baptist Church. (You
might want to make your food donations to your friends or neighbours who have
taken in evacuees.)
Comments: [email protected]
Cher donated $106,500 to the North Thompson fire
relief fund today.
September 10 -
"Time to Believe" CD's for the Fire Relief Fund will be for sale
this weekend in the Kelowna Canadian Tire Store and the Kelowna Wal-mart this
weekend. You can also purchase online.
Hear a special message from DT. (MP3
September 10 -
The Sikh Community has donated $100,000
to the restoration of the Myra Canton Trestles. September
9 - 12:53 pm