VICTORIA – Effective immediately, BC Liquor Stores customers can help support Red Cross relief efforts in Japan by making donations at any of the 197 BC Liquor Stores located in communities across British Columbia. Customers can make donations of $2.00 or $5.00 – or multiples thereof – at all BC Liquor Stores checkouts. All donations go to the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake Fund. Last year, BC Liquor Stores collected donations from customers and employees for the Canadian Red Cross Society’s disaster relief campaigns following the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan. A total of $555,000 was collected in those efforts, which was matched by the federal government.
Also, Coastal Community Credit Union has announced members, clients and the community at large may donate to the Red Cross effort at any Coastal Community branch across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Please make cheques payable to ‘Coastal Community – Japan Earthquake.’ For those interested, tax receipts for donations of $10 or more will be issued directly by The Canadian Red Cross.
Also last week, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Shirley Bond announced the Province will provide $500,000 to the Red Cross in support of emergency relief efforts in Japan.