The community is rallying behind families impacted by a destructive fire near Enderby.
A fundraiser will be held Saturday to support the 15 employees were thrown out of work after a blaze roared through the Super Save gas station Nov. 19.
“It’s a very difficult time for these families,” said Gloria Morgan, with the gas station board of directors.
“It takes time to get employment insurance. One family has applied for social assistance and I am not sure how the others are surviving.”
The fundraiser, which is being sponsored by the board and the Splatsin First Nation, takes place at 1 p.m. at Timbercreek Hall, next to the gas station on Highway 97A and Canyon Road.
The event will include a silent auction, a 50/50 draw, a concession and Christmas carolling.
Food donations will be collected as will gifts to ensure the families can celebrate Christmas.
“We need people to come out and show their support,” said Morgan.
A temporary building is currently being constructed on site so the gas station can resume business.
“The fire has caused a huge sense of loss to the entire Splatsin community and the surrounding community,” said Morgan.
It’s not known exactly when gas will start being pumped again, but Morgan hopes it is soon.
“Opening it early would mean some of the people can get back to work,” she said.