B.C. to match up to $20M in Red Cross donations during flood season

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Alan Schmidt, a Cherry Creek resident, points to damage on his property a week ago. (via Brendan Kergin)

In the wake of severe flooding across the province, including areas like Grand Forks, Merritt, and Cherry Creek, the B.C. government is encouraging people across the province to donate to the Red Cross.

In order to spur more giving, the provincial government announced on Wednesday (May 16) that it will match contributions, up to a total of $20 million, on any individual donations made by British Columbians from now until July 31.

“British Columbians will always be there for each other in times of crisis,” Premier John Horgan said in a press release. “We’re seeing incredible strength and resilience in communities affected by flooding – and British Columbians from all corners of the province want to provide a helping hand. Donations to the Canadian Red Cross will provide vital help in a time of greatest need for so many people and communities.”

The province said it chose to work with the Red Cross because of the “agency’s experience in coordinating relief efforts in previous B.C. disasters and because it is uniquely positioned to receive and distribute donations from Canadians in relation to disaster.”

Anyone looking to make donations can do so by texting BCFLOODS to 30333 or by clicking HERE.

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