In response to Tuesday’s tragic apartment fire on Elm Ave, residents, businesses and community organizations can now direct donations to Penticton’s Salvation Army Store and the Red Cross.
“Clothing, bedding, and similar items can be given to Penticton's Salvation Army Store Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm, while cash donations can be directed to the Red Cross at redcross.ca/donate”, said the City’s Social Development Specialist, Adam Goodwin.
Evacuees will receive a special voucher at the Salvation Army store to shop for items they may require. Likewise, evacuees who did not have insurance may receive emergency supports through the Red Cross. All donations will help provide funding for these supports and future emergencies.
"The compassion, empathy and care our community has for each other is shining through," said Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki. "Residents and businesses have been calling the City asking where they can best support evacuees, so I’m grateful to see the Salvation Army and Red Cross stepping forward to help as they always do. This is another example of our close-knit community working together during a time of need.”
The Salvation Army reminds the community that, due to space constraints, it can only accept limited furniture items in good condition. All donated items go into The Salvation Army's general inventory to ensure that fire evacuees have access to its store's full inventory. The Salvation Army remains open to anyone in need, and no one in need is turned away.