Collection of clothing donations for forest fire evacuees in Timmins
The Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CASSDC) is accepting clothing donations for wildfire evacuees who are currently housed in Timmins.
Summer clothing collected this week will be provided to 150 people who were evacuated from Pikangikum First Nation due to wildfires. The evacuees are staying at the Ramada Inn. It is not known how long they will be in Timmins.
A state of emergency has also been declared in the city. According to the fire chief, it is more administrative and is not related to COVID-19.
“They didn’t have a lot of time before they left home, they didn’t have a lot to bring,” said Shannon Costello, director of children’s services. “At the moment there is no end date for their departure, so the more we can help, the better. ”
There is a need for children’s clothing such as shorts, t-shirts and hats as well as hangers and clothes racks.
“It has to be something that people can wear, no holes, in good shape because people will be wearing them,” Costello said. It is best for people to wash donated clothes in advance, but “we will wash them if necessary,” she added.
According to Costello, the majority of evacuees in Timmins are children and youth.
“There is a need for boys’ clothes. We get a lot of clothes for girls, but there are a lot more boys from what we can see, so a good variety of clothes for both sexes, ”she said. “We have a few adults but there are a lot more children. ”
Donations can be dropped off at 500, boul. Algonquin, at the picnic table at the back of the building. Costello said they would start bringing clothes to evacuees on Wednesday and Friday.