UPDATE (7/21/09): Telus is no longer collecting toiletries, but they will be accepting cash all week.
If a fire raged down a hill toward your house, and you only had minutes to leave for safety, what would you take?
Pictures? Computers? Pets? Would you be forced to leave something valuable behind? Would you have to just flee with the clothes on your back?
This is what 11,000 residents of West Kelowna have had to do this weekend. Take a look at these pictures!
Not sure where I'm talking about? Check out this tracking map.
I've seen the power of the Internets and Twitter; how bloggers and other Internet folk have rose to the call of stepping in to help, and so here and now I'm sounding the call:
The people of West Kelowna need our help.
So readers, I'm asking you to tweet or blog about the situation to get the word out there among the blogging community. Feel free to copy and paste this post where ever you want, even. If you wish to donate, you can do that too. Here's how to do it:
As I am writing this, the call for donations is for CASH or TOILETRIES. Nothing else. If that changes, I will let you know.
You can drop off your donations at the following TELUS businesses:
TELUS House Vancouver
555 Robson Street,Vancouver
TELUS House Burnaby
4519 Canada Way, Burnaby
Brian Canfield Center
3777 Kingsway Ave
Burnaby Business Center
1795 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
Abbotsford Plant Center
1648 Salton Road, Abbotsford
2002 Enterprise Way, Kelowna
Andre's Mobility Dealership
Orchard Park Mall, Kelowna
If you are like me and don't live near one of those locations, you can call call 604-697-8184 or 1-866-697-8184 and get information about mailing in a donation.
Checks need to be made out to Telus Community Ambassadors.
Another option is to call the Emergency Social Services Centre at 778-797-2269.
If you would like to donate to the BCSPCA and help out with their emergency shelter services for pets that have been evacuated, call 250-861-7722. You can help with donations of cash, hay, canned pet food, and they are looking for people who can lend some large kennels to house family pets.
I'm trying to follow this closely and will let you know if I hear anything further. In the meantime, I'm boxing up some toiletries to send over to Vancouver!
(Road Trip 2009 posts will resume Tuesday, July 21, 2009-I felt this was much more important)