UPDATED July 21, 2017
Upon news of rapidly spreading wildfire in British Columbia, several employees from Hope, B.C. reached out to organize a donation to local evacuees and emergency responders. British Columbia is currently under a state of emergency and has more than 200 fires burning across the province.
Our team was able to organize and execute an emergency donation in less than 24 hours. There was some difficulty getting transportation on Saturday, but after reaching out to our partners, Bulldog and Sons Transport, they were very happy to help and was able to find drivers available to take the loads.
So far, Nestlé Waters Canada has donated over 450,000 bottles of Nestlé Pure Life, which was delivered to 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Princeton, Kamloops, Clearwater, Chilliwack, Kelowna, and Hope in British Columbia. This could not have been done without the employees in Hope who reached out to initiate the donation and have been amazing organizing everything on the ground, as well as Bulldog Sons and Transport who provided multiple trucks and drivers to ensure the water was delivered. Thank you to our local community partner Sun Valley Gas Station who stored the water and the community residents who volunteered their time to unload the water.
We continue to closely monitor the situation and remain in contact with the Red Cross. For more details on the current wildfire situation, including road blocks and closures, please check here.