Canadian Red Cross assists Kelowna apartment building tenants
The Canadian Red Cross has opened a donation fund to assist approximately 250 residents who are now homeless after two separate fires destroyed two apartment buildings in the Rutland neighbourhood in Kelowna this past week.
“The two devastating fires have left hundreds of people with nothing,” said John Richey, Red Cross Regional Manager.
“We have started a donation fund and encourage people to make a financial contribution to help those impacted get back on their feet.”
Working with Kelowna Emergency Social Services and local agencies including Salvation Army, Red Cross Disaster Management personnel are meeting with residents to assess their situation, find them shelter, provide them with goods and/or services to meet their immediate and ongoing needs, link them to appropriate agencies, and provide a listening ear.
Red Cross is also calling on community members who may have accommodations for rent or who could volunteer some time to help to call the Kelowna office at 250-491-8443.
To donate directly to help those affected by the Rutland neighbourhood apartment fires, please visit us online at www.redcross.ca/KelownaApartmentFires, by phone at 250-491-8443, or in person or by cheque at 124 Adams Rd, Kelowna, V1X 7R2.
Cheques should be made payable to The Canadian Red Cross and earmark it to Kelowna Apartment Fires.
To support the larger Building for Humanity campaign, which aims to raise $3 million to support the B.C. Southern Interior’s first, full-service Support and Disaster Operations Centre in Kelowna, please visit www.redcross.ca/buildingforhumanity.