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Here's how New West can help Lytton residents after Wednesday's devastating fire

Massey Theatre is serving as a collection point for donations today (July 2) in a fire relief effort coordinated by Savage Society
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Lytton on July 1, the day after the devastating fire. A fire relief collection effort is underway in New Westminster today (July 2).

If you've been watching the headlines about Lytton and wondering how to help, here's your chance.

Residents of the village were forced to flee on Wednesday after a rapidly moving wildfire engulfed the town. Much, if not all, of the town has been destroyed, and residents – many of whom fled with no belongings – are now staying in a variety of evacuation centres and hotels in nearby communities.

Here in New Westminster, the Savage Society is leading an effort to help the people of Lytton/Tl'kemtsin.

The society has teamed up with the 2 Rivers Remix Society to host a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $200,000. (As of Friday at 8 a.m., it's sitting at more than $142,000.)

Volunteers will also be on site at Massey Theatre today (Friday, July 2) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to collection fire relief donations.

Among the most-needed items are socks and towels; children's activities such as books, arts and crafts, and colouring books; fresh fruit and vegetables that are easy to eat without preparation; and personal care items such as brushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.

Pillows, fans and kids' pools are also welcomed.

Other suggested items include:

  • pullups
  • wipes
  • formula
  • baby bottles
  • baby food
  • crackers/chips
  • canned food
  • bottled water
  • Gatorade or Powerade drinks
  • blankets
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • pads and tampons
  • dog food
  • cat food
  • underwear and socks
  • items for pets and livestock: crates, cages, water bowls, leashes, baggies, pet foods, beds, medical supplies

Massey Theatre is at 735 Eighth Ave. If you have questions, you can reach out to Ronnie at ronnie@masseytheatre.com.

Follow Julie MacLellan on Twitter @juliemaclellan.
Email Julie, jmaclellan@newwestrecord.ca.

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