Everyone on the west coast is being affected by ongoing wildfires in British Columbia. If you want to help out, donations to the Red Cross can be sent via text message from your cellphone.
All you have to do is text FIRES to 45678, and a $10 donation will be made, billed to you via your wireless carrier.
According to the Red Cross, from August 15 to October 12, 2018, the BC Government will match all donations made by a number with a BC area code, up to $20 million.
Here’s what the Canadian Red Cross says on how the money will be put to use:
Communities in British Columbia are experiencing the effects of hundreds of active fires across the province and evacuation orders have been issued. Many people are in need of urgent assistance.
Donations to the Canadian Red Cross will be used for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long term recovery, resiliency and preparedness for future events in British Columbia and Yukon, including consequential events related to the fires.
To help those affected by the #BCWildfires right from your cell phone, text FIRES to 45678 to donate $10. 100% of the proceeds go to the @redcrosscanada. All donations made from a BC area code will be matched by the BC Government until Oct 12
— CWTA / ACTS (@CWTAwireless) August 21, 2018
To help those affected by the #BCWildfires, you can make a $10 donation by texting “FIRES” to short code 45678. 100% of the proceeds go to the Canadian Red Cross. All donations made from a BC area code will be matched by the BC Government until Oct 12.
— Rogers News (@AboutRogers) August 21, 2018
Help those affected by the #BCwildfires. Text “FIRES” to 45678 to donate $10 to @redcrosscanada. All donations made from a BC area code will be matched by the BC Government until Oct 12. pic.twitter.com/ywiOG50HQW
— TELUS (@TELUS) August 22, 2018
Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the #BCWildfires.
If you wish to support those affected, text FIRES to 45678 to donate $10 to @RedCrossCanada relief efforts.
— Freedom Mobile (@FreedomMobile) August 22, 2018
You can text to help those affected by the #BCWildfires . Text FIRES to 45678 to donate $10. Proceeds go to @redcrosscanada and any donation made from a BC area code will be matched by the BC gov. until Oct. 12.
— Virgin Mobile Canada (@virginmobilecan) August 22, 2018
Correction: removed previous tweets referring to Telus and Rogers matching donations, as those were from 2017.