Mamas Fire Support

When people need us, we rally. When our community needs the love and support of a mother, we step up. And we were met with equal determination from our friends as well. The outpouring of support we saw was absolutely unprecedented and awe-inspiring.

You may be wondering… where did all of your donation support end up?

Your support helped evacuees who spanned the entire Okanagan (Vernon, Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Penticton), Shuswap region (Salmon Arm, the Shuswap Children’s Association) and Kamloops. We are also working in getting specific needs met by our neighbours in Red Deer and North West Territories. For the Okanagan and Shuswap regions specifically, your support spanned approx. 49,751 square kilometers.

We also ensured that our heroes (Firefighters, RCMP) received the support they needed to keep fighting for us, providing clothing, gear and food to our fellow frontline workers.

Alongside RAMA, Team Mamas also provided support for the many Temporary Foreign Farm Workers in the Okanagan and surrounding areas. Due to the nature of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, these workers were left extremely vulnerable to the effects of unemployment and endured dangerously unsafe work conditions caused by these forest fires– with none of the same support that non-migrant workers in Canada are afforded.

We supported our friends @thegospelmission in their amazing efforts to support those in need.

Alongside @lprckelowna we also provided support for our unsheltered neighbours in the North End and Downtown areas.

We also brought food to the Salvation Army, who graciously coordinated meals for our firefighters on top of supporting them in their frontline efforts as well.

All donated funds received will be distributed through our fire relief fund to individuals impacted across multiple communities. Support is available to those impacted and/or displaced from the wildfires.

For any, and all direct inquiries as to where specific donations went please email info@mamasformamas.org and we’d be happy to connect!

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