Prayers and donations for Telegraph Creek & Area Residents
As you may already be aware, due to the imminent danger of a wildfire to life and property, a local state of emergency was declared for the area of Telegraph Creek on Saturday, August 4, 2018. On Sunday, August 5th, an evacuation order was ordered and residents were told to leave their homes. Many have found shelter in Dease Lake and other communities within and outside of our Diocese. At the moment, the impact of the wildfire and the future of the community of Telegraph Creek is still unknown.
Currently, the situation is as follows: All residents were evacuated safely and there are no casualties. Many people have lost their homes and are in complete distress as they find themselves left with nothing. We have lost St. Theresa’s mission church in Telegraph Creek, along with the rectory. The rectory has been the home of Joshua and Denise Grimard and their children for the past four years. Please join our Christian brothers and sisters in prayer, and ask the Lord to keep everyone safe and give them strength through this terrible ordeal. Also, remember all the firefighters, responders, and volunteers who are in the area trying to control this fire, protect assets, and provide food and shelter to those who have been evacuated.
If you would like to make an online donation towards a relief Fund for the Telegraph Creek Community, or for the Rebuilding of St. Theresa’s Mission, please go to the Diocese of Whitehorse website and click on theCanada Helps ‘Donate Now’ button. Sacred Heart Parishis also collecting material donations. Contact the office at 867-667-2052 or the Parish office at 867-667-2437 for items needed.
The garage will be available for a drop off point to collect goods for the people of Telegraph Creek. Contact the parish office.
LIST OF NEEDED GOODS Because of the situation of the air quality in Dease Lake, the evacuees are moving from Dease Lake to Southern city. For now we have been told to hold on the donations. However a help center at Vanier High School has been put in place by the Yukon Governement for the evacuees of Telegraph Creek.