BC Wildfires Continue to Rage in Our Communities

We Can All Pitch in to Help BC Recover

It’s almost incomprehensible to believe BC has had over 1100 fires and more than 300 buildings have been destroyed in wildfires this year. The wildfires have affected communities in the areas of Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Prince George, Cache Creek, Kelowna, Williams Lake and many others, burning more than 1,054,000 hectares, across our province. Many are facing loss, devastation and uncertainty as the wildfires continue to rage right here in our own backyard. Our neighbours, friends and families need our help now, more than ever!

July 7, 2017: A wildfire burns on a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C. Image Source: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

This is our chance to be part of something big! When we realized the month of September is all about charity and peace, we decided to go a little crazy. The United Nations established the International Day of Charity to focus attention on helping others. Officially declared by the UN General Assembly in 2012, September 5 was chosen in memory of Mother Teresa, who passed away on this date in 1997. Throughout her life, she dedicated herself to helping the helpless, poor and sick. Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”

The International Day of Peace, known as “Peace Day” is recognized around the world on September 21, and provides a shared date for all of humanity to commit to living in peace and rise above all differences.

We can all be a part of a huge ripple effect which will bring hope and relief to those who need it now. At The Flag Shop, we care about connecting with our community and in our daily work we bring peace and happiness through every relationship and every connection we make with others. It’s through these connections where we find our joy.

For the month of September, we will do everything we possibly can to make a real and positive difference in the lives of those who are suffering. Our President, Susan Braverman said, “The devastation of the wildfires in BC is on-going, even if it isn’t always the day’s top story.” She added, “People impacted by fires are still facing uncertainty and any form of struggle gets in the way of peace.”

Image Source: The Canadian Press

In these words attributed to Mother Teresa:
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received; how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread – but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing, but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks, but homeless because of rejection.”

We’ll be announcing our plans on Tuesday, September 5, which happens to coincide with the International Day of Charity.

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Get ready to be a part of something bigger! And join us as we change the world one flag at a time!

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