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A group of businesses in Fort St. John are doing what they can to aid Slave Lake, Alta. residents displaced by massive wildfires that have destroyed much of the town.

The massive wildfires ripped through the town, forcing a mandatory evacuation of 7,000 residents over the weekend and Monday.

The last report indicated that at least 30 per cent of the town had been destroyed, including the town hall and library.

Grimshaw Trucking, Greyhound and the Cash Store in Fort St. John are all accepting donations for Slave Lake residents.

Grimshaw Trucking will be accepting donations at all of their locations across the province, as well as in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In Fort St. John, residents can drop off needed supplies to their location at 9316 102 St.

Donations can also be made through Greyhound at both its Dawson Creek and Fort St. John locations. Greyhound officials are asking that all donations are appropriately packed and say there will not be any shipping charges for the donations.

Furthermore, the Cash Store and Instaloans in Fort St. John will be accepting donations in the form of clothing, food, household items and money. Anyone interested in making a donation can drop them off at either 9125 96ASt. or 9908 100 Ave. anytime between Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Shelters have been set up in various towns for Slave Lake evacuees, including as far away as Edmonton. The town currently has no phone service, power, or drinkable water.

– with files from the Canadian Press

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