Seeing the effects of the wildfire in Hammonds Plains and Tantallon has moved the Downtown Halifax community to spring into action.
Downtown businesses and organizations are providing support for the evacuees and the emergency response crew. Some are offering donations to provide to those in need, and others are currently collecting donations to be dropped off to the evacuees.
If you're moved to help our businesses help the folks from Hammonds Plains and Upper Tantallon, see the list we've compiled together below.
Click here for updates and the latest news on the fires from the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Free admission
For those who are affected by the wildfires looking for an activity for the whole family or just a place to enjoy for a break, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, both Halifax and Western Branch, are open with free admission for you through the weekend.
Discovery Centre - Offering free admission to affected families
Discovery Centre is offering free admission to affected families through discount code DISCOVER when purchasing tickets through their website.
Bird's Nest Halifax - Donating $1 for every drink special sold
Donating $1 for each of their seasonal drinks on tap to the United Way Wildlife Recovery all this week and next.
Emera Inc. - Matching donations to United Way's Wildfire Recovery Appeal
Individual donations to United Way's Wildfire Recovery Appeal will be matched up to $125,000. By making your gift today, your impact will be doubled.
FBM Architects - Donation Drop Off
FBM, located at 1660 Hollis Street, is receiving and mobilizing donations to comfort centers including:
- Toothpaste, floss, and toothbrushes
- Hand & body soap
- Hygiene products
- Other toiletries
- Baby and senior care products
- Good-condition clothing
- Socks and shoes
- Bottled water, juice, gatorade
- Packaged Snacks
Supplies will be delivered to comfort centre on Friday, June 2, to support those displaced by fires.
Flora James Shop - Donation Drop Off & Pick Up Location
Flora James Shop is located at 2011 Brunswick Street
Do you have items you can donate to those in need who have lost their homes in the current fires?
If you have been affected by the current fires, donated items will be available for pick up here.
Items include, but not limited to:
- Children's items (clothing, toys, diapers)
- Household items
- Hygienic/personal care items
- Pet Supplies
Ground Coffee Bar - Offering free coffee to evacuees and responders
"We would like to offer free coffee to any first responders who have been working on the frontlines. If any first responders happen to be downtown or have a day off, please feel free to stop by the cafe for any coffee/tea drink of your choice. We know this cannot fix what is happening, but we are here to offer you a little bit of comfort.
To any of our regulars who have had to evacuate and need a reprieve from this situation, come by the cafe. We will gladly comp your orders and offer a listening ear."
KingsPIER Vintage - Offering Clothing & Footwear
If anyone is in need of clothing or footwear, please send KingsPIER Vintage a direct message on Instagram: www.instagram.com/kingspiervintage.
Lumi Studios - Offering office space
Lumi Studios, located at 101-1649 Brunswick Street, is offering their studio as a work space for those in need.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - Offering free admission
Offering free admission on Friday, June 2 from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm for those who need a break during these challenging times.
May Garden Halifax (Casino Nova Scotia) - Donating $2 from every order to Red Cross
Donating $2 from every order to the Canadian Red Cross.
McJolly - Offering free meals
Offering FREE meals to the affected families, and anyone needed!
Neptune Theatre School YPCo - Donation Drop off
- Pet food
- Basic toiletries
- Diapers and baby needs
- Tim Hortons/food gift cards
- Children and adult clothing
- Kids sports gear
- Prom dresses/suits
Drop off Times:
- Thursday, June 1, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
- Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Neptune Theatre Studios
1593 Argyle Street
Scotiabank Stage Entrance
Obladee Wine Bar - Feed Nova Scotia Donation Drop Off | Donation of Proceeds
Obladee will be donating $5 from every NS Wine flight and $2 from every NS wine by-the-glass sold to @feednovascotia until the situation is resolved.
They will also have a Feed NS donation box if you’d like to drop off non-perishable items Tues-Sun anytime after 2pm.
Peace By Chocolate - Donating proceeds of chocolate to Red Cross
Score Pizza (Barrington Street) - Offering free food
Offering free food for evacuees & responders
1646 Barrington Street
Seven Collective Salon - Offering free hair wash
"We are welcoming anyone who has been displaced by the fires to come in for a free hair wash, coffee, phone charge, WiFi, or just a good sit on our comfy velvet couch.
Please DM to let us know you're coming and we'll do everything we can to accommodate you!"
Spirit Spa - Offering access to steam showers and blow outs
"We would like to offer complimentary access to our private steam showers for anyone affected who may need some temporary stress relief or to help clear any congestion from the impacted air quality. We would also like to offer complimentary Blow Outs to those that have been displaced from their homes, available until Saturday to ensure maximum availability.
Please call us at 902-431-8100 to book."
Terra Cafe - Collecting in-kind donations
Terra Cafe, located at 1496 Lower Water Street, is collecting the following items to be transported to those in need:
- Underwear and socks (all ages)
- Soap - Hand & body
- Feminine hygiene products
- Makeup/specialty products
- Baby & senior care products
- Toothbrushes/ Toothpaste / Dental Floss
- First Aid Items
- Packaged snacks**
- Bottled water/ Juice/ Gatorade
- Good condition clothing, toys & shoes
- Disposable food containers, napkins, cutlery
**Any snacks suitable for those with dietary restrictions (gluten free, dairy free, vegan, sugar free) would also be appreciated.
If you need any items, please text 902-402-0851. No questions asked.
The Loot Halifax - Offering clothing
If you are an evacuee in need of clothing, The Loot Halifax will help you free of charge! Send them a DM on their Instagram page: www.instagram.com/theloothfx/
United Way Halifax - Collecting monetary donations
United Way Halifax launched the United Way Halifax Wildfire Recovery Appeal.
This will help those affected by the fire in their rebuilding and recovery efforts, by helping them meet basic needs (such as groceries), crucial connections and mental health supports, and more.
Learn more and make your donation on United Way Halifax's website.