Many businesses in Salmon Arm and the Shuswap are doing what they do best in times of need.
Helping out community members.
With supplies being transported to Anglemont and St. Ives by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) due to limited road access and a power outage, Askew’s was pleased to add its support – something it and other stores have been doing, both for evacuees and firefighters.
“We’re very happy to support firefighters in the North Shuswap and Okanagan at this time,” said Dave Wallace, general manager of Askew’s.
Also in Salmon Arm, Gerald Forman, owner of Shuswap Clothing & Shoe Company, learned that some firefighters in the area were short on clothing, particularly where no washing facilities were readily available.
He put together a box of items that included socks, underwear and shirts.
“These guys needed some clothing and they came up (to the Shuswap) in a hurry; they’re spending the time out in our communities and working for us, so I think we should be giving back and treating them with respect.”
These two stores are just two of the many businesses, residents, even people outside the region, who are contributing time, clothing, food and more to support those facing wildfires in the CSRD.
Photo: Dave Wallace, general manager of Askew’s, stands by a lift full of food being donated to support firefighters in the North Shuswap.
Gerald Forman, owner of Shuswap Clothing & Shoe Company Ltd., donates clothing needed by firefighters. (Viktoria Haack/CSRD photos)