How You Can Help Fort McMurray

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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.

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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. 

ESSENTIAL LINKS

  • 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. 


  • I built ymmfire.ca last night and have had over 1500 people sign up to offer accommodations. Please feel free to visit if you have space to offer or if you were evacuated and need a place to stay or resources while displaced. If not, please avoid to keep the server load down.

  • A-Mc

    While this is crazy horrific for the families that live in/around Ft. Mac, it sounds like things are generally going pretty well. Everyone i know that has been evac’d has had nothing but good things to say, all things considered.

    Things could have been much worse but thankfully rescue teams and citizens have their Sh!t together and are keeping everyone safe.

  • El Guapo

    A-Mc, you’re right. The fact that 88,000 people got out and we didn’t have any injuries or fatalities is a testament to the emergency personnel and the work they did. Homes can be replaced, people can’t.

  • El Guapo

    Thanks in advance to everyone for any assistance and to the OilersNation crew for the draft party proceeds. It’s difficult to say what the final result of this is going to be here, but a lot of people are going to need a lot of help. Pretty devastating.

  • Wax For My Stick

    Speaking from experience, I grew up in Slave Lake and my parents lost their home along with a lot of my friends in the fire when it hit the SE part of the town. If you’re helping by donating, just be aware of who you’re donating to. Red Cross is a great and all and means well but if you can get together with friends or family or whomever and seek out a family to help then go that route if you can, I’m telling you it goes miles further than what the Red Cross can provide to these people and a lot of those families in Slave Lake would tell you the same. What a lot people don’t realize is that it’s very tough for these families to want to stand in line for hours on end while they are exhausted and devastated from losing they’re home and being displaced just to get a $100 Visa gift card. I mean do what you can as far as donations and all, I don’t want to discourage anyone from doing so. Every one here is here to help but please just be aware of where your donations are going. Thank you OilersNation for being a strong charitable presence in the province and always putting people in need first.

    • Hockey Buddha

      Sorry to hear about your home, GK1980, but glad to hear that you and your family made it out safely.

      Albertans tend to be very generous and supportive in situations like this, and the Red Cross is an excellent relief organization when disaster strikes.

  • hootoil

    The St. Louis Blues are giving $$ for assistance for the fire victims from their 50/50.

    Hopefully “other” NHL teams and players locally and in Canada Will be making some contributions.

    This is a massive need that many fans will support.