The support from Red Deer and Central Alberta was very uplifting to see and experience. What started with a couple of working mom's deciding to help out turned it to donation central and the rallying point for the area. It seemed as though everyone wanted to help and all they needed was some direction and a point. JDFT was that.
This weekend The Alberta Government released statements on behalf of the charities and donation relief efforts.
"At this time, charitable organizations are asking Albertans to donate cash rather than goods, as this will help them to address the immediate needs of displaced residents. The Red Cross is accepting donations by phone at 1-800-418-1111 (monetary donations line only). Donations can also be made at all the major banks including: BMO Financial Group, CIBC, Canadian Western Bank, HSBC Bank Canada, National Bank Financial Group, RBC, Scotia Bank, and TD Canada Trust. Cheques should be made out to the Red Cross for “Alberta Fires”."
Donations poured in from Red Deer and surrounding area.
We joined the road trip Saturday delivering support items:
Saturday May 21st the trailers headed north to Athabasca.
Small community of Athabasca opened it's doors and has been excelling at helping the relief effort, we unloaded at the agricentre. Having been to Athabasca and seeing the response centers first hand, it's easy to see that All over Alberta and Canada for that matter have stepped up and donated items. They have so much now a great deal of work is ahead of them just to organize it for distributing to families in need. Send money or man power. The relief efforts have to identify needs and then they can make calls to fill them.
Why Alberta responded in a big way (As Published in the Edmoton Journal):
- Number of people evacuated from the town of Slave Lake: 7,000
- Homes and businesses destroyed in Slave Lake and the surrounding area: 433
- Pets found alive in Slave Lake after the fire: more than 140
- Homes and businesses damaged in Slave Lake and the surrounding area: 84
- Evacuees registered at the Edmonton Expo Centre as of Friday: 1,195
- Highest number of wildfires burning at once during the last week: 115
- Hectares burned by wildfires in Alberta since the beginning of April:264,816 (half the size of P.E.I.)
- Firefighters deployed: 1,400
- Helicopters and air tankers: 170
- Red Cross materials sent to Slave Lake: 800 cots, 400 blankets and 500 personal-hygiene kits
- Evacuees at the Athabasca Multiplex this week: 1,000
You can continue to support by donating to the Red Cross: www.redcross.ca
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