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Thousands of dollars collected at B.C. Liquor Stores for wildfire support

FILE PHOTO - A child evacuates with her family ahead of the Smith Creek wildfire in West Kelowna in 2014.
September 28, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Nearly $160,000 has been collected in donations at B.C. Liquor Stores around the province, for the Red Cross's appeal to help residents affected by this year's wildfires.

That amount will also be matched by the provincial government, according to a media release from the province.

"On behalf of BC Liquor Stores employees, we would like to thank our customers for supporting this important campaign," Blain Lawson, general manager and CEO of the Liquor Distribution Branch, said in the release.

Stores across the province activated its partnership with the Red Cross on Aug. 20 to help provide financial support for people affected by the wildfires burning around the province.

The stores which collected the most donations included Port Coquitlam, Sooke and Terrace.

The province says all funds raised go directly to the Red Cross and help provide evacuees with shelter, food and water. Donations will support long-term recovery, resiliency and preparedness for future events in B.C. and Yukon, including consequential events related to the fires.

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