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Authorities turn to Facebook to connect B.C. wildfire evacuees with volunteers

July 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Donations and offers to volunteer are coming in faster than emergency operations staff can keep up with and they've turned to Facebook to try and organize things.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District announced yesterday the launch of two Facebook pages, one for people offering donations and lodging, the other where available volunteers can offer time.

The regional district says in a release that calls from people offering to help are flooding phone lines and they want to keep them open to better serve evacuees and their families.

Yesterday Debbie Sell with the regional district said while people's offers of items are greatly appreciated, a cash donation to the Canadian Red Cross is easier to handle.

Anyone who's already called the emergency operations centre with offers of donations, lodging, or offers to volunteer should post the information to the social media page. 

The regional district won't be vetting post or posting anything on anyone's behalf. The release states they can't provide support for anyone looking to drop off donations or volunteer.

Contact the emergency operations centre at 1-866-377-7188.

For all the latest and up-to-date information on the wildfire situation, go here

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