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Donations Being Collected For People Affected By B.C. Wildfires

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Donations Being Collected For People Affected By B.C. Wildfires

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

Fort McMurray is once again coming together to collect donations for people dealing with the B.C. wildfires.

Shelly Holt decided to help after a fire started to impact people living in her hometown of Fraser Lake.

“They supported me when I was displaced here and lost my house in Fort McMurray.”

The list of needed items continues to change, however, some of the more requested goods includes gift cards for food and gas, non-perishable food items, clothes, toiletries, sleeping supplies, and diapers.

“Whatever we get is more than they had yesterday,” added Holt.

She says there is also a desperate need for toques, balaclavas, and quilts as the temperature continues to drop during the night.

“We’re just here to help, whatever we get, we’re grateful for and we’ll just make it go as far as we can.”

Holt works for First Inspection and Testing Group. She says they’ve donated trucks to the cause while Hertz has offered storage area to keep all the supplies before they’re sent to B.C.

Staples is also putting together orders of school supplies.

Holt adds it would mean a lot to see the community come together to help others who are going through the same situation.

“If you have that opportunity to pay it forward, maybe somebody else feels the love that our community can offer, that’s what I’m hoping for.”

People interested in donating can do so on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the downtown Save-On-Foods. Anyone willing to volunteer can contact Holt by emailing rite-on@shaw.ca. 

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