The city of Penticton released a statement on Thursday, providing direction on how to make donations to B.C. flood victims.
Penticton says that they have received a number of inquiries from residents wanting to make donations to evacuees and those affected by the devastating floods.
JCI Penticton and Red Cross are among the organizations that have offered their support during these times.
“As we have seen over the last number of years, Penticton continues to step up to support our neighbours and our own community during disasters,” said Penticton mayor John Vassilaki. “Residents have been asking the city where they can best support flood evacuees, so I’m grateful to see JCI Penticton and Red Cross coming forward to help.”
JCI Penticton is accepting water, non-perishable food, baby supplies, toiletries, feminine products, blankets and phone chargers as donations at three different locations. They are also accepting gas gift cards.
Donors can go to the Kettle Valley Memorial (461 Dawson Ave), Modern Purair (2335 Government Street) and Graphically Hip (200 Waterloo Ave #101) to drop off donated items.
In Summerland, Granny’s Fruit Stand is also taking donations.
In addition to giving any personal items to the evacuees, any cash donations are asked to be directed to the Red Cross’ British Columbia Foods and Extreme Weather Appeal at redcross.ca and gift cards to be dropped off at Penticton City Hall.
Meanwhile, blood donations events in Penticton have been put on hold because of heavy rainstorms that caused extensive floods and road closures in parts of B.C., Canadian Blood Services announced on Thursday.
From Nov. 22-24, all scheduled donation events at the Penticton Seniors Drop In Centre have been cancelled.
Canadian Blood Services asks all eligible donors to book their appointments in advance by visiting blood.ca.