An interactive map of B.C. wildfire conditions. (Neil Johnston)

Langley mom driven to help wildfire victims

Sherri Hession planning to deliver donations to Kamloops Thursday morning

A Langley woman is willing to go the extra mile, actually roughly 200 miles, to help the many wildfire victims across B.C.

Sherri Hession is busy collecting donations to fill her Chevrolet Cruze. She and her friend Jayden Lucas plan to drive the donations down to The Postmen’s donation centre in Kamloops on Thursday.

The Postmen is an independent relief effort, launched by a group led by Kristopher Mercer last year in response to the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire.

The current need is massive. There were 183 fires burning 78,000 hectares across B.C. Wednesday (July 12), down from 219 Tuesday. In total, there have been 602 fires since April 1; 12 of those started Wednesday.

Emergency Management BC deputy minister Robert Turner said that 7,886 people have registered at local emergency social services centres and 3,500 are taking advantage of the emergency lodging available.

Hession is trying to help out in any way she can.

She is willing to take a road trip to The Postmen’s depot at 1516 Salish Road, East Kamloops.

According to The Postmen, the ‘outpost’ in Kamloops will deliver donations to evacuees and first responders, and that the Salish Road location is the main drop-off point for South Central B.C.

“They need help,” Hession said. “If we were in that situation, I would hope that people would help me, too. We have First World problems and don’t understand the devastation they are going through.”

Mom to 16-year-old daughter, Samantha, and 12-year-old son, Jesse, Hession is collecting nonperishable food items, gift and gas cards, clothes, toiletries, and anything else people can give. Anyone willing to donate can call her at 778-847-5134.

Mercer appreciates Hession’s dedication.

“If there’s a mom willing to drive to Kamloops, we will put her donations directly in the hands of someone who needs their stomach filled and a drink of water,” Mercer said.

For more about The Postmen and their relief efforts, call Mercer at 780-222-7167.

BD Diesel Performance steps up

As well, BD Diesel Performance has become an official donation site to help with the fire victims.

Those donating please drop off to BD Diesel’s receiving department (33541 MacLure Rd. in Abbotsford), along the side of the building.

Members of the BD Race Team, BD Show Team, BC Coal Rollers and other 4×4 groups and communities will be collecting donations on Friday morning and heading out to help with the relief.

BD Diesel is collecting baby food, baby supplies, toiletries, gas station gift cards, pet supplies (dog crates and food), water, and Gatorade. Donation hours on Thursday are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Smoke rising above Cache Creek from wildfire. Image Credit: Contributed

Just Posted

UPDATE: Wind warning has ended for Metro Vancouver

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

Langley Clothes by the Pound closes

Thrift store that tried to introduce a new approach to bargain hunting may have gone out of business

Proposal to ban pot dispensaries in White Rock would affect Langley businessman

Randy Caine and partners hope to open dispensaries once laws are changed

Mom delivers plastic mats to Langley’s homeless

Jenifer Kosman fashions sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

Most Read