Mid Island Co-ops donate to B.C. wildfire fund

Parksville, Whiskey Creek locations still accepting donations

The Canadian Red Cross will have $50,940 added to the B.C. Wildfire Appeal, thanks to a donation from the Vancouver Island Co-ops.

Fifteen Mid Island Co-op locations, including the Parksville (1401 Alberni Hwy.), Whiskey Creek (3702 Alberni Hwy.) and Oceanside (222 Island Hwy. E.) locations, continue to accept additional donations for the Red Cross.

“As local co-ops we are all committed to supporting the communities where we do business and causes that matter to our member-owners,” said Ian Anderson, general manager of Mid Island Co-op. “In light of the recent wildfires throughout the province, the Vancouver Island Co-ops are honoured to support the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Red Cross.

“Many of our member-owners, customers and staff have close friends and family affected by the fires, and we feel that this donation is simply the right thing to do.”

Federated Co-operatives, which is based in Saskatoon, has also stepped up to match the funds.

The Canadian Red Cross helps vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world affected by emergencies and disasters – situations ranging from individual house fires to floods that disrupt entire regions. Following a disaster in Canada, Red Cross workers provide vital assistance for people’s basic needs including shelter, family reunification assistance, finding support, first aid, information, clothing and food. They work in partnership with first responders, emergency managers and public officials to support their response activities.

— Submitted by Mid Island Co-op