Help for Lytton Fire Evacuees – Sustaining the Plan – 100Days after the Fire

Updated: October 16, 2021 (click here for Chinese version)

October 8 marked the 100th day after the wildfire that destroyed the town of Lytton!

On Sunday October 3, 2021 two teams made separate trips to Lytton and Merritt. 

The Lytton team was composed of three vehicles and 7 members from Fraser Lands Church and Richmond Capstan Alliance Church delivering supplies to Skuppah Fire Relief Centre.  Our supplies are very much appreciated by the people who are still in the Lytton area.  Since the Lytton townsite was destroyed by wildfire, there is no place in the area where people can purchase their daily needs.  We spent time chatting with the few people operating the Relief Centre.  We listened to their stories and desire to rebuild the Lytton community.  Some evacuees are gradually returning but a lot of rebuilding is needed – physically and emotionally.  We sensed their disappointment and frustration as well as their spirit of perseverance and hope. 

The Merritt team was composed of five vehicles and 18 members from Fraser Lands Church and Richmond Capstan Alliance Church.  Supplies were dropped off at Nicola Valley Food Bank before joining a special event held by Somang Mission Community.  The event started with praise and worship, followed by sharing from the missionary John Kim and some members in the congregation.  We were touched by their testimonies and praise God for His faithfulness.   We prepared 60 packaged meals to share with the congregation.  The event ended with musical presentation, prize draws, and free hair cuts conducted by our members.  It was a day of uplifting experience serving and getting to know the people there.

Our next delivery trip to Lytton is scheduled for Wednesday October 27.  Please continue to support us with your prayer and donation.  Encourage others to support us too.  Our pantry is empty after our last trip.  We are also planning on conducting a laptop computer clinic on that day to help the people there with their computers.

In terms of Merritt, we are working with Somang Mission Community to provide support for the coming Christmas season in reaching out to the Lytton evacuees in the area. 

The following items are needed (the Bolded items are the most recent needs):

  • Non-perishable Food – some specific items include
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Vegetable
  • Cereal (Cheerios, Rice Krispies)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jams
  • Pickles
  • Cookies
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chips
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Flour
  • Quinoa, Couscous
  • Rice
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Powdered milk, canned milk (Pacific)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lentils
  • Tuna
  • Salad Dressings
  • Soup Bases
  • Relish
  • HP Sauce
  • Tomato Paste
  • Saran wrap, Tin Foil
  • Cooking/Baking items – parchment paper, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Yeast
  • Dairy Free Milk – Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Lactose Free Milk,
  • Pet Food
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Gatorade and Water, Boost Drinks, Protein Drinks,
  • Hygiene Products – some specific items include Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Size 6 diapers, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Body Lotion, Body Wash, Underarm Deodorant (men and women)
  • Razors (men and women)
  • Dish Sponges
  • Garbage Bags – black and white
  • Batteries of different sizes
  • New winter clothing and footwear
  • Cleaning items – Buckets, Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Pinesol, Mr. Clean, Comet, Lysol Wipes, Mops, Brooms etc.

Please ensure the donated items are New, Unopened, and Not expired.    We want to bless the evacuees with our generosity.  You can drop off your donations to us:

Fraser Lands Church 3330 SE Marine Dr. Vancouver (Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for public holidays)

OR  

Richmond Capstan Alliance Church 3360 Sexsmith Road Richmond (Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for public holidays)  

Other Ways to Help:

We are now accept donation (tax receipt allowable), all donated amount will be used to buy the needed supplies for evacuees. Please click here to donation page.  

Questions?

For inquiries, please contact Nicholas at nlaifraserlands@gmail.com  or 236-518-7115 (Fraser Lands Church) or Sunny Leung 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.