The community continues to rally in support of a Chilliwack family left homeless after fire swept through a Garrison Crossing fourplex last week.
A multitude of fundraisers has been launched to help raise money and supplies for a family of five who had no insurance when their home burned down last Thursday.
"It's been mindblowing to see a community of people who have no connection with them whatsoever and to see the initiative and proactivity and compassion," organizer Debbie Fortnum told the Times. "It's been absolutely incredible."
Fortnum said the family lost everything in the fire, but that the community has rallied to help them rebuild their lives.
Several fundraisers will take place over the course of the next week.
Two of them will be held at Back at You Thrift Store on Yale Road.
On Saturday, Back at You will host a "Good Ol' Fashioned Garage Sale & Hot Dog Fundraiser" from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store will be collecting money and non-perishable and packaged food for the family.
A few days later, on Sept. 5, the store hosts a Ladies Night Out fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased at the store, are $5, with half the proceeds going to the family and half going to a grand door prize. Businesses have donated a range of prizes for the night, which promises to be a "one-of-a-kind evening shopping experience with women only."
"We're just trying to help them out because that's a devastating thing to go through," said Beth Guliker, who runs Back at You with her husband.
On Sept. 6, the Jolly Miller Chilliwack is hosting a pub night from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include a chicken dinner. For information call 604-798-2179.
And a group of teens has organized a community yard sale on Sept. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5960 Cheamview Cres. in Garrison Crossing.
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