The Vancouver Firefighter Charities (VFC) is asking the public for donations to support wildfire relief efforts in British Columbia this August.
The VFC will host a city-wide Boot Drive fundraiser at designated locations across Vancouver on Thursday, Aug. 19. Dozens of off-duty firefighters will volunteer their time to collect donations for the Canadian Red Cross British Columbia Fires Appeal program.
The money raised from the campaign will be used toward emergency response efforts and to "provide immediate and ongoing assistance to communities that have been impacted by the devastating wildfires throughout the province," explains a VFC release.
Additionally, the funds will support long-term recovery, resiliency, and preparedness for future events in the impacted regions.
Where to donate
Firefighters will be collecting cash, credit, and debit donations at five Vancouver-area SkyTrain stations throughout the day on Thursday, August 19.
- Waterfront SkyTrain Station – 7 to 11 a.m.
- Broadway City Hall SkyTrain Station (Broadway & Cambie) – 7 to 11 a.m.
- Stadium SkyTrain Station – 3 to 7 p.m.
- Waterfront SkyTrain Station – 3 to 7 p.m.
- City Centre SkyTrain Station (Granville & West Georgia) – 3 to 7 p.m.
“Vancouver firefighters are coming together this month to help raise money in support of the Canadian Red Cross’ important wildfire relief efforts in the province,” says James Docherty, Executive Director for Vancouver Firefighter Charities. “Money raised during our one-day Wildfire Relief Boot Drive will be used to provide much-needed financial assistance to individuals and families were forced to evacuate their homes due to the tragic fires in the region this summer.”
The VFC adds that the 830 firefighter members dedicate their time and expertise throughout the year to provide ongoing support for the organization’s many charitable programs, including Snacks for Kids, Lifelines for Seniors, and the annual Hall of Flame calendar.
For the 2022 Hall of Flame edition, professional firefighter models will be making hearts melt even more by posing with adorable four-legged companions. A variety of ‘hot dogs’ and loveable puppies will appear across the pages of the 12-month wall calendar alongside some of the city’s hottest firsts responders.
Learn more about the fundraising work of Vancouver Firefighter Charities online.