Community Rallies Around Fort McMurray Fire Victims With Donations

FORT ST. JOHN – In the week since the Fort McMurray Wildfire forced over 80,000 from their homes, Fort St. John area residents have provided evacuees with an overwhelming amount of donations.

Speaking with Energeticcity.ca this morning, Samantha Warren with St. John Advertising explained that a larger trailer needed to be exchanged on Saturday in order to transport all of the donations to those affected by the fire.

Revolution Honda’s Sean Wilson, who is also taking donations, says that as of noon Monday, between four and five pickup truckloads of donations await transportation to Alberta, in addition to the five to six loads that have already been sent.

Mitch Collins with Century 21 Real Estate in Fort St. John is offering free housing for Fort McMurray residents displaced by the fire. Collins says that since making the announcement on Thursday, over 200 homes have been made available by property owners and landlords in the Peace. Anyone looking for a place to stay to contact him at 250 262-9338.

In a press release Monday afternoon, the BC Liquor Distribution Branch stated that in five days, donations received at BC Liquor Store branches province-wide total just over $240,000. BCLS customers can continue to donate to the Canadian Red Cross in increments of $2, $5, or more.

Donations can also be made to the Red Cross directly via their website at www.redcross.ca, or by phone at 1 (800) 418-1111.

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