The fire in Knysna is the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape, and has left thousands of residents displaced.
Up to 20 suburbs have been affected, with an estimated 10 000 people evacuated in Knysna by this morning.
For those wanting to assist, donation points have been opened and various organisations have started collecting for the people of Knysna.
Eden Fire Station in George has been set up as a drop-off point for food, water and other necessities.
Gift of the Givers is also responding to the fire in Knysna. They have a truck carrying bottled water to Cape Town which has been diverted to Knysna.
Gift of the Givers to Assist Knysna and Western Cape Disasters— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) June 8, 2017
Gift of the Givers truck carrying bottled water... https://t.co/1MIaMY5ec6
Monetary contributions can be deposited into the Gift of the Givers bank account to help the people of Knysna.
Donate: Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, PMB, A/C: 052137228, Branch: 057525, ref: #Knysna. Deposit slip to firstname.lastname@example.org— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) June 8, 2017
Below are just some of the other efforts to provide relief to residents affected:
Wonderful initiative from Pick n Pay whereby you can shop online & goods will be delivered directly to Knysna for relief so no matter where you are you can help. You can also donate your smartshopper points.— Knysna fires 7th June Facebook page
Through Pick n Pay's online shopping portal, you can choose to have purchased goods distributed to victims of the Knysna Fire and the Cape Storm. On checkout, select "Add New Collection Point", click on the Western Cape on the map, and choose where you want your donation to go.
Alpha Pharm is doing a disaster relief supply run to the Knysna area to assist firefighters and residents in need. Our delivery vehicle will leave Oudtshoorn @12h00 today (8 June) and stop in George between 13h00 and 13h30 @ Medical Centre Pharmacy (outside the Mediclinic) to pick up donations. Anyone wishing to send blankets, water, Toiletries, clothes or other are welcome to bring it to our warehouse @ 46 Jones Street, Oustshoorn before 11h30 or drop it off at Medical Centre Pharmacy before 13h00. We will distribute to firefighters along the way and use Knysna Central Pharmacy on the Main road as a distribution point in Knysna.— Alpha Pharm, Knysna fires 7th June Facebook page
This morning, the KFM Breakfast team spoke to Pierre Van Tonder, CEO of Spur. The Spur Foundation has set up a page where the public can get involved in helping those affected by the fire. They will also be supplying burgers.
Spur truck will be at Knysna Vineyard church to supply 2 000 burgers for those in need. George, Riversdale and Mossel Bay Spur please spread the word to all you know who needs food & share on Facebook.— Knysna fires 7th June Facebook page
For more information go to www.fulltummyfund.co.za and click DONATE.
What should you donate?
Whether you're combing through your cupboards or shopping for items to donate, the following things always come in handy:
Blankets and pillows
Clothing (especially jerseys and jackets at this time of year)
Nappies and baby bottles
Non-perishable food (including baby food and formula)
Lip ice for firefighters
Crowdfunding platforms for those who want to donate money:
For those who want to check on their loved ones, a group of volunteers has created a Facebook page for people affected by the fires to confirm that they are safe.
The public can call the Eden Disaster Call Centre on 044 805 5071 for offers of accommodation, food or assistance.
Contact details for the municipality/disaster management to be used for emergencies only:
0713872962, 0714469197, 0714451583, 0712823630, 0715646195
Garden route SPCA: 044 878 1990 Knysna SPCA: 044 384 1603 Mobile: 073 461 9825
This article first appeared on LeadSA : #KnysnaFire: How to help and where