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Help for Lytton Fire Evacuees - Sustaining the Plan

Updated: September 14, 2021

We made our fifth delivery on Sunday September 5, 2021, with six vehicles to Merritt. In addition to our regular delivery of supplies, we prepared 50 packaged meals to distribute to the people in Merritt when we attended a worship service at Somang Mission Community that afternoon. Ten members from Fraser Lands Church and 16 members from Richmond Capstan Alliance Church made this trip and had a wonderful time of fellowship and ministry. Somang Mission Community is a ministry started by a Korean missionary catering to the Indigenous people in Merritt and surrounding area.

Our sixth delivery trip was on Friday September 10, 2021. Due to a recent COVID outbreak in the community, we delivered all the supplies to Skuppah Fire Relief Centre. Five SUVs were fully loaded for this trip with 12 members from both churches including Pastor Abe and Deb. After dropping off the supplies, we had a good chat with Romona Baxter and her daughter Jade (who runs the relief centre) about their experience and the latest needs of the Lytton community. We drove through the main street of the burnt down village and witnessed the total devastation caused by the June 30 wildfire. 

We are continuing our work with Richmond Capstan Alliance Church to collect and deliver supplies to the fire evacuees in the coming months on a regular basis. Please continue to support us with your donation. Our next trip to Merritt will be on Sunday October 3, 2021. We will be helping out in a special event organized by Somang Mission Community in reaching out to the Lytton evacuees and others. We will also make another delivery to Lytton in late September. The exact date will be determined pending the outcome of the recent COVID outbreak.

List of Needed Items:

The following list are the items needed (our pantry is empty after our last two deliveries). Please ensure the donated items are New, Unopened, and Not Expired. We want to bless the evacuees with our generosity. This list will be updated regularly:

  • Non-perishable Food – some specific items include cooking oil, canned soups, canned vegetable, dry beans, cereal, peanut butter, pickles, cookies, microwave popcorn, honey, salt and pepper, chips, spices (italiano, chili, seasoning salt, etc.), ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, rice, flour, bread
  • Large canning bottles and lids – this is the canning season for salmon and other produce
  • Cooking/Baking Items - parchment paper, tin foil, baking powder, baking soda
  • Zip lock bags
  • Gatorade and water
  • Hygiene Products – some specific items include toilet paper, towels, Size 6 diapers, shampoo and conditioner
  • New bedding/pillows
  • Garbage bags
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries of different sizes
  • New winter clothing and footwear
  • Cleaning solutions - buckets, dish soap, laundry soap, bleach, Pinesol, Mr. Clean, Comet, Lysol Wipes, mop, broom, etc.

Please drop off your donations:  

Fraser Lands Church 3330 SE Marine Dr. Vancouver, BC V5S4R8

Tuesday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for public holidays)    

OR  

Richmond Capstan Alliance Church 3360 Sexsmith Road Richmond, BC V6X2H8  

Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for public holidays)  

Other Ways to Help:

If you are interested in getting involved in our ministry team, please do not hesitate to contact us. We need the following:

  • Drivers with reasonable size vehicles equipped with winter tires
  • Buyers (to do purchasing) 
  • Sponsors - personal and corporate (sponsoring specific supply items or meals)
  • Your prayer

Questions?

For inquiries, please contact Nicholas at nlaifraserlands@gmail.com  or 236-518-7115 (Fraser Lands Church) or Sunny at 604-213-5262 (Richmond Capstan Alliance Church).  

Thank you for your generosity and let's continue to remember the residents of Lytton and surrounding communities in our prayers. 

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