Fire victims garner support

Support is growing for tenants of an apartment complex that lost everything to fire.

The public has been dropping off furniture and other household items at the old Coopers store on 43rd Avenue for the 52 occupants of the Skyline Manor after a fire destroyed the building Feb. 25.

“We opened our doors Tuesday and the support has been generous,” said David MacBain, community ministries director with the Salvation Army.

Items can be left at the warehouse today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will also be open next week, starting Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re looking for everything that people would have in their houses,” said MacBain of furniture, dishes, clothes, electronics and bedding.

“Few of the tenants had content insurance so they need assistance from the community.”

The items should be in good condition, and presently the Salvation Army is not able to pick items up.

Volunteers are also needed to sort through the donations.

“They can come by and we’ll get them busy helping with organizing,” said MacBain.

As the displaced residents find new accommodations, they can arrange with the Salvation Army to receive items.

“They will get to chose what works for them,” said MacBain.

Monetary donations for the fire victims are being collected at the Salvation Army downtown or at www.vernonbcfoodbank.com.

“The community really does rally behind those in need,” said MacBain.

Financial donations can also be made by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-661-3308, or by visiting the Red Cross office at 2809 44th Ave. (open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

The Bible study group at Coldstream Christian Church is donating $100 to the Red Cross for the fire relief.

“What we would like to do is challenge all of the other Bible study groups in the Greater Vernon area to match our donation,” said Doug Vincent, with Coldstream Christian Church.