Kitimat collecting books to send to Bella Bella

The community is rallying behind Bella Bella, which lost its grocery store and library in a fire recently.

UPDATE: People now have until July 26 to drop off their items.

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Mayor Joanne Monaghan has put a plan in motion to help out Bella Bella, which was recently devastated by a fire at its only grocery store.

The same fire also took out the community’s post office and library.

The event hit close to home for Monaghan, who once lived in the small community.

“I woke up one night after the fire and I thought ‘geeze, I used to live there and I know how remote this is. Lets do this,’” she said.

She contacted Kitimat’s library director, Virginia Charron, and the library will be accepting book, CD and movie donations until July 24 26.

Monaghan said that Bandstra Transportation has offered to truck the boxes of books for free, and BC Ferries is also pitching in for free transport of the books to Bella Bella.

Heiltsuk First Nation Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett has heard of the plan, said Monaghan, and is excited to be receiving the donations.

Anyone who donates books must donate only ones in good or “gently used” condition.

All donations must be taken to the Kitimat Public Library.