VIDEO: Interior fires hit home for student in Maple Ridge

Girls set up lemonade stand to raise funds for victims

Amanda Spurr is quick to tears when she talks about the B.C. wildfires.

The 100 Mile House native who has been living in Maple Ridge since February while attending school is worried about her family.

Her mother and father, sister and her children, and her grandparents have all been evacuated. Between all of her family, five or six different homes have been abandoned.

“It’s definitely been pretty hard,” said the 20-year-old, fighting back tears. “I was born and raised there, so it’s pretty hard to see what’s happening to my home town,” Spurr said. “I can’t go on Facebook or anything because I just cry.”

Her father is working in Fort St. John, her stepmother has made it to the Lower Mainland and the rest of her family are on their way to Merritt to stay with family there.

“Seeing everybody just so scared. Friends have lost their homes and my family won’t know if their homes are still standing.

“It’s just hard. The memories,” continued Spurr adding a lot of people she knows have been routed to Prince George, and they are staying in travel trailers, tents and even cars.

“It’s extremely smokey there, so it’s hard to breathe,” she said.

Seeing how hard Spurr is taking news of the wildfires, her cousin’s daughters wanted to help.

They have been joined by their friends from the neighbourhood in setting up a lemonade stand to raise money for Spurr’s family and the Red Cross.

Rae-Lynn Higham, 7, Elizabeth Fiorante, 12, Cheyenne Higham, 10, Madalyn Howe, 10, and her sister Rebecca, 5, have been selling the lemonade at the cormer of 118th Avenue and 239th Street since Sunday.

By Monday evening, they raised a total of $1,010.80.

They were set up for only three hours on Sunday and raised $112.25.

More than 100 people have stopped by over the two days.

One lady donated $300 and brought Spurr to tears.

“I have no words. The fact that they are little kids and they want to help means so much.

“So many people have stopped,” said Spurr.

The girls are planning to sell lemonade until the end of the week.

They generally set the stand up at 12:30 p.m.

Sonya Howe, Spurr’s cousin, said she couldn’t even get the girls in for bed Monday evening.

They were out until 8:30 p.m. and begging to stay out later.

“They are just gung ho,” said Howe laughing.

“It’s crazy how much support has come in,” she said.

To donate directly to the Red Cross call 1-800-418-1111 or go to redcross.ca.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Mudslides close Highway 1 between Hope and Chilliwack

Eastbound lane not expected to reopen until Saturday afternoon.

Liberal and NDP MLAs stand together in support of SOGI education

Bipartisan support for materials that teach about sexual orientation and gender identity

Chilliwack embezzler back in custody after no-show for Tuesday sentencing

Warrant issued for man convicted of stealing large sums of money from First Nation near Agassiz

UPDATE: High streamflow advisory issued for Chilliwack River

River levels rising fast at Vedder gauge

Education minister blasts Chilliwack school trustee on gender issues

Fleming calls Neufeld’s behaviour ‘shameful’ and ‘unacceptable’

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

This year’s event featured six stops, including viewing points and activity centres.

SFU creates fund in memory of Aiden Serr

A celebration of his life on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. at Maple Ridge Baptist Church.

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

Court adjourned again for man linked to Shuswap farm where human remains found

Curtis Sagmoen will appear back in court on Dec. 14

B.C. family advocating for drug decriminalization following death of son

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has noted the New Democrats would decriminalize personal possession of all drugs

Most Read