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Fort McMurray Playing Major Part In B.C. Wildfire Support

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Fort McMurray Playing Major Part In B.C. Wildfire Support

Around 20,000 pounds of supplies ready to be sent to 2017 BC wildfire evacuees // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

The generosity of our community is being felt by thousands of people in British Columbia.

Executive Director of the Kamloops Food Bank Bernadette Siracky tells Mix News around half of the donations they received in wildfire support has come from Fort McMurray.

“The generosity has been incredibly inspiring and it just takes your breath away,” said Siracky.

Since early July, a number of trucks filled with donations were driven down to Kamloops as well as the Prince George area. On one occasion, a truck traveling west was able to carry with it around 56,000 pounds of supplies.

Siracky says in total, they’ve received roughly 400,000 pounds of food and supplies, which has been sent to 47 different communities while helping 1,000 evacuees on-site.

She adds every message they’ve received from people from Fort McMurray has been the same, “you took care of us and we’re going to take care of you.”

“They’re showing that in spades, they are just sending love with toilet paper and diapers and it’s beautiful.”

Different flags and signs from Fort McMurray were also given to the Kamloops Food Bank who plans on making a collage to remember the support they received.

“Fort Mac folks have been our first responders.”

Meanwhile, one local organization is trying to help these B.C. children cope the best way they can, by playing.

The Layla Isaac Foundation has been running different programs at Father Mercredi for kids affected by the Horse River wildfire – giving them a chance to run, jump and make some new friends.

They are now turning their attention out west trying to start the project “SmilePlay for BC Kids.” The idea is to bring different programs to these kids so they can “recover a sense of routine and normalcy.”

The Foundation has started a Go Fund Me page looking to put together $50,000 to start the program. The funds would be used for supplies and transportation between the two provinces.

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