The Sources Food Bank in Langley is coming to the aid of the Paddington Station fire victims.

Sources food bank aids Langley fire victims

Food distribution announced, trauma counsellor available

The operator of the Sources food bank in Langley City is providing food and offering counseling to displaced Paddington Station residents who lost their homes to fire.

The food bank announced special distribution hours this week for evacuees only.

It said the Sources Trauma Counseling Program has a trauma counsellor available for anyone impacted by the fire and Sources Advocacy Programs’ outreach support workers are available to assist evacuees seeking help with housing issues.

“We feel a special desire to help as well, because it was this time last year that the Langley community stepped up and helped us, when our Sources Langley Food Bank truck was stolen,” said Denise Darrell, Sources director of women, seniors and community services.

“The community was there for us then, and we will be here for them now.”

For food, please bring identification with proof of address to the food bank located at the United Church, 5673 200 St. on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For counseling, contact program manager Heather Evans to arrange an appointment by phoning 604-541-4827 or emailing hevans@sourcesbc.ca.

To contact outreach support workers who are available to assist evacuees seeking help with housing issues, phone Sources Newton Resource Centre at 604-596-2311 and ask to speak with a housing advocate, and mention the Langley fire.

The food bank is also working with donors from the community to purchase gift cards which will be distributed to the homeless residents.