A campaign that started back in May put together more than 600 boxes with Ornaments for those who lost their homes in spring.
Brenna Emes tells Mix News that her own experiences with the Slave Lake fire five years ago prompted her to help out Fort McMurray residents, especially with the recovery process making Christmas more of an afterthought this year, with a “Christmas Love For Fort McMurray” Facebook campaign.
“One of my favorite parts about Christmas is decorating the tree, so I can’t imagine how I would feel if I lost all those, so it’s just a little start to their collection, and I hope it inspires other people to do the same to residents and friends.”
Emes braved the cold with a few of her ” Christmas Elves” last week to deliver some of the boxes door to door. She says that the reaction on her Facebook page has been overwhelming.
Even though the project was focused on replacing lost ornaments, Emes wanted to recognize the community’s challenges, and hopes that her campaign will inspire others to do the same for families this Christmas.
-photo courtesy of Brenna Emes/Christmas Love for Fort McMurray Facebook Page