Lytton B.C. has been devastated by wildfires this summer leaving many people and families displaced from their homes. Paul Drakos, a second-year undergraduate from Ontario decided to donate hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies for students who have been evacuated from their homes. The fire that displaced thousands started on June 30 and engulfed the village of Lytton and surrounding communities.
The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the wildfire after it was determined to be human-caused. They realized this because both CP and CN trains had been operating in the area at the time of ignition. Drakos felt compelled to help and explained “Being a student myself, I just thought these families have lost everything and there are so much of their lives they need to rebuild.”
“I wanted to help the children get ready for school so that could just be one less thing thirty parents would have to focus on,” Drakos added. He shared his feelings with friends and family who eventually raised $3,000 in about three weeks. With that amount of money, they were able to purchase backpacks and school supplies for 300 children.
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