As I’m sure most of you already know, the city of Fort McMurray was ravaged by wildfires, creating the single biggest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history. Over 80,000 people have been displaced from their homes and we felt as though it was the Nation’s job to try to help raise money for those in need.
If you’re not from the area, or you don’t know what’s going on, I encourage you to take a few minutes and go through some of the #ymmfire tweets/pictures that have come out over the last 24 hours to get a feel for what these folks are going through. For me, the word devastation almost doesn’t do this whole mess any justice. What those people are going through looks more like hell.
As I watched the news, and read the tweets, I couldn’t imagine what it must have been like fleeing your home with fire closing in from all sides. Seeing the pictures and videos was terrifying enough let alone living through it. People’s lives literally went up in smoke, and now we’re calling on our fellow citizens to help out in any way that you can.It doesn’t matter whether that help is simply sharing this story, donating money, or otherwise we’re just looking to spread the word as far as we possibly can.
- If you’re looking for a loved one/friend/whoever you can call the regional municipality at (780) 762-3636 or the Red Cross at (888) 350-6070 and they will do their best to help you.
- The Red Cross is collection donations through their website, and through text (as displayed above). If you have any money that you’d like to donate it will go a long ways.
- Our friends at the Pint (both Edmonton locations) are offering up a free meal to those in need with proof of a Fort McMurray address. For more details, check out the press release on their Facebook page.
- The Edmonton Journal is putting together a list of places where you can help, donate, or receive help if needed. There are all sorts of businesses offering up their services, and it’s a list that will surely grow as we proceed.
- If you want to volunteer your time you can apply to do so here.
- If you would like to donate supplies there is a crowdsourced Facebook page aimed at collecting goods and insuring that they go to the proper place.
- The supporters of Alberta Animal Rescues has put together a list of shelters and kennels who have stepped up to help those with pets affected by the fire in Fort McMurray. If you had to, or know someone, that was forced to leave a pet behind they are encouraged to call the SPCA at (780) 743-700.
- The Edmonton Food Bank is providing food for evacuees and could desperately use your support. If you have non perishables that you would like to donate they may be left at any major grocery store or fire hall. They have also set up a link to donate money here.
- The Edmonton Emergency Relief Services is looking for donations and is specifically requesting items such as diapers, baby wipes, and toiletries (soap, shampoo, socks, underwear, etc). They are asking that your donations be made at the Emergency Relief Services warehouse located at 10255 104th Street. They are also looking for volunteers to help organize donations and help distribute the. If you’re interested, call (780) 428-4422.
DRAFT PARTY TICKETS
As you guys likely assumed, we will be throwing another draft party at the Pint Downton on June 24th. This time around, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Red Cross in an effort to raise some money for those in need as a result of what’s happening in Fort Mac. Obviously, this isn’t the way that we wanted to announce the party but we wanted you guys to know what we’re planning on our end. In addition, OilersNation and Oodle Noodle will donate $3000 to the Red Cross to help their quest of providing life essentials to those affected by the fires. We will be putting the tickets up for sale within the next couple days, and I will include all the details of what will be in the swag packs. Stay tuned to the Nation for the ticket link and further details.