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Volunteers at Tk'emlups Powwow grounds offer food, shelter to evacuees

Volunteers put away food after a lunch service at the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Powwow grounds for B.C. Wildfire evacuees.
July 14, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Volunteers from across Kamloops have convened at the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Powwow grounds to make life a little easier for B.C. Wildfire evacuees.

About 30 trailers are set up at the grounds, but the volunteers have plenty of food to cook up for any evacuees in Kamloops who want to stop by.

Evacuees are able to use facilities like bathrooms and showers at 345 Powwow Trail, and set up their trailer or tent.

One of the groups volunteering is the Valleyview Overlanders Lions Club. Vice president Debbie Hampton says the turn out for lunch today, July 14, was a little disappointing but she's hoping more evacuees will be able to  stop by tonight for burgers.

"We're just here to work and help," Hampton said.

James and Katie Larson from 100 Mile House, along with their two children, are some of the people who have been helped so far. Their trailer is set up on the grounds and they sit outside as their children play and ride bikes.

"We had our stuff packed just in case there was an evacuation order," Katie said.

It came on Friday. They stayed with family in Canim Lake until Sunday when they drove to Kamloops to camp at the Powwow grounds.

They have yet to hear anything official about the condition of their home.

For more information on the services Tk'emlups te Secwepemc is offering at the Powwow grounds, you're asked to call 250-319-4122.


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