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The provincial government announced Friday that it would match donations made to the Red Cross, up to $20 million, to help those affected by wildfires.

“The Red Cross is on the ground, helping people and communities affected by the wildfires burning around the province,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “The province is supporting this critical work by matching contributions to the Red Cross, so donations will go even further.”

The Red Cross made an appeal for donations on Thursday as thousands were evacuated from their homes across the province.

“We know people in B.C. and across the country are concerned and want to help. Donating to the Red Cross is a great way to do that,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

“Our government is doing everything we can to support firefighters and emergency responders, and keep people and communities as safe as possible. The Red Cross provides critical help in emergency situations like this. It’s important that we support that work.”

Donations will be used for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, and preparing for future events such as wildfires.

Canadians wishing to make a financial donation can do so by calling 1-800-418-1111, contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office, or going online.

The government will match donations made until Oct. 12, 2018.

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