Cariboo Fires Food & Supply Hub

100 Mile Hub, Formerly Forest Grove Hub,
is at the front lines of the Cariboo Chilcotin  Fire Relief efforts, providing food and supplies to communities that are cut off. 

The Hubs are our shipping points for reaching cut of communities such as Horsefly, Likely, Miocene, Big Lake, Beaver Valley, Tyee Lake, Sugarcane, Williams Lake, Soda Creek, Dog Creek, Riske Creek, Alexis Creek, Anaham, Nazko, Tatla Lake, and Kleena Kleene.  

Even with the highways open in some areas, not everyone is getting fed. Many families were struggling to begin with, and even with open roads, some have lost their winter supplies when their freezer thawed, or don't have the fuel to reach the city.

We are seeking $500/day for to keep the 100 Mile Hub operational for the next 14 days. We have hope that this will be enough to get us through until either the forest fires are under control, or a government agency steps in to support us.

Our total goal is  $8,000: $500 a day for the next 14 days, plus 10% to cover the fees from the fundraiser.

Anything helps! If each person offered $5, we'd reach our goal in under 2,000 people! 

All funds for the 100 Mile House hub will be received and managed by Michael Gent, a member of the Volunteer Fire Department.

Meet Michael Gent:

While you are reading this, Michael's Hub will have $500+ in expenses every day adding up. Currently, it comes straight out of Michael's pocket - this is not sustainable, and if it continues, we will have to close the Hub.

If you want to give immediately, so that we receive funds before the GoFundMe completes, please send an e-transfer to [email redacted], using the password:  support

How will these funds be used?
* Funding necessary expenses for refrigeration
*Purchasing fuel or groceries to meet gaps in donated supplies
*Purchasing fuel for semi trucks when needed (most drivers donate their own)
*Purchasing fire fighting equipment

** We are not paying any staff - Everyone working in this effort is a volunteer.

This has been a hard fire season in BC. Fires have been raging in the Cariboo Chilcotin since a lightning storm July 7 lit nearly 200 new forest fires, plunging BC into a State of Emergency.

Of the hard hit areas, the Cariboo Chilcotin has seen multiple evacuations, loss of homes, and closed roads. The two largest wildfires in BC are burning West of Williams Lake - one at 125,000 hectare, and another at 50,000 hectares.

The Red Cross has been giving support to evacuee centres in the form of cots, blankets, medical supplies, and volunteers, as well as giving money to the Regional Districts to be distributed as vouchers and assistance to those evacuated.

We applaud these efforts, but they have gaps. There are communities that are unevacuated but cut off from their major highways and cities, leaving citizens unable to access food, water, and fuel.

Across the province, citizens groups have sprung up and organized relief efforts for free. In the Cariboo, one such system has included 3 major hub locations that are housed by volunteer fire departments. These hubs have self-organized to support their surrounding communities who are cut off from groceries, fuel, and supplies.

The hubs are fed by donations of specific supplies by citizens groups including  Authentic Lab , a Victoria-based website & marketing firm who has been organizing relief efforts. 

Countless individuals and businesses have donated goods, gas cards, food, water, toiletries, and fire fighting supplies.

So far, no government body has stepped in to help support our services, so we need to fundraise for our own needs.  Authentic Lab 's team is running this fundraiser to benefit Michael's work.

Please share widely. Support those who are helping our communities!

Organizer and beneficiary

Chris Hawkins
Sooke, BC
Michael Gent

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