Penticton businesses asked to step up for Fort McMurray evacuees

Char Kaye packs care packages for evacuees of the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray from her home in Spruce Grove Alta, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. LocoLanding Adventure Park in Penticton will be the rallying point for fundraising efforts in aid of Fort McMurray evacuees this Sunday, May 8, 2016.
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PENTICTON - A Penticton business is stepping up to help residents impacted by the Fort McMurray wilfire and encouraging others to do the same.

Diana Stirling with LocoLanding Adventure Park says they will open this Sunday, May 8, with half the proceeds from admission going to the Red Cross.

She is asking other businesses to do fundraising from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on Sunday and gather at LocoLanding at 5 p.m. with donations.

“We shouldn’t just feel sadness for others in times like these. We need to say ‘what can we do as a community?’” Stirling says.

Chamber of Commerce President Michael Magnusson says he hopes to see every business in Penticton donate a minimum of $50.

“With over 1,000 businesses (in Penticton) wouldn’t that be an amazing show of support?” he says.

Penticton Tourism is encouraging businesses to use the hashtag #pentictoncares to get the word out on social media about the fundraising efforts.

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