The level of support that the people of Alberta and abroad have shown during the devastation occurring in and around the city of Fort McMurray (see our MEGA POST covering the forest fires) since May 2nd and continuing on through May 5th has been absolutely incredible. The Canadian people coming together in a time of absolute need is enough to bring a tear to anyone’s eye. ❤
Alright, without further hesitation, let’s get on with the incredible show of love!
SUPPORT FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY:
#ALBERTASTRONG — Thousands of people from all across the province have taken it upon themselves to fill their vehicles with fuel, water, food, clothing and other essentials, then began trekking north to assist those who have been stranded on the highways between Fort McMurray and Edmonton. There were hundreds of people stranded; some for over a day.
CALGARY, ALBERTA — Well over 400 Calgarian firefighters have offered Fort McMurray their support if needed.
Here are some of those firefighters that have been deployed:
— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) May 5, 2016
Also, people all across Calgary have offered their homes to the people affected by these wildfires, despite quite a distance to travel with Edmonton being 3 hours closer to the initial evacuation points.
CANADIAN SYRIAN REFUGEES — Canada has recently taken in 25,000 Syrian refugees. Some of these refugees are now speaking up about the Fort McMurray fires, and wanting to ‘fulfill’ their ‘duty’ by helping with the wildfires in any way that they can. This is remarkably touching.
— Annalise Klingbeil (@AnnaliseAK) May 5, 2016
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO — The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has sent out 100 firefighters (19 supervisors) to help with the disastrous Fort McMurray wildfires.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) May 4, 2016
BRITISH COLUMBIA — At least one B.C. firefighting chopper headed to Fort McMurray to help distinguish the flames.
— Climate News (@ClimateNewsCA) May 4, 2016
THE BC. / SK. / MB. RCMP — There are RCMP officers from British Columbia, Saskatchewan & Manitoba that have come to help in the efforts of the forest fires.
— Ted Bauer (@tedgbauer) May 4, 2016
British Columbia has also offered to provide hoses and pumps to help distinguish the wildfires.
— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) May 4, 2016
TORONTO, ONTARIO — The Mayor of Toronto; John Tory has reached out to the mayor of Fort McMurray; Melissa Blake, and the Mayor of Edmonton; Don Iveson to offer any assistance he could.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) May 4, 2016
BUSINESSES OFFERING FREE SERVICES TO EVACUEES:
CALGARY’S MAINSTREET EQUITY — These guys have gone above and beyond for the folks affected by the Fort McMurray area fires. Mainstreet Equity out of Calgary is offering 3 months of rent free to anyone that can prove they’ve come from Fort Mac.
— Mainstreet Equity (@RentMainstreet) May 4, 2016
THE WEST EDMONTON MALL — WEM has kindly offered to give free admission to all of their attractions to the Fort McMurray evacuees that have made their way to the city of Edmonton.
— West Edmonton Mall (@Official_WEM) May 5, 2016
EDMONTON’S MINT DRUGS PHARMACY — All of the Mint Drugs Pharmacies in and around Edmonton will be offering free medications to the evacuees of Fort McMurray that are in need. Amazing!
— Kit Poon (@Kit_Poon) May 4, 2016
EDMONTON’S SENTINEL STORAGE — Sentinel Storage has kindly offered Fort McMurray evacuees with a full month of free storage at any of their Edmonton storage facilities.
— Monty (@sentinelstorage) May 5, 2016
EDMONTON’S TAPPCAR SERVICE — The fairly new TappCar taxi service in Edmonton will donate $1 for every ride taken today, May 5th. Good initiative!
— TappCar (@tapp_car) May 5, 2016
ST. ALBERT’S SOCRATES RESTAURANT — This restaurant located in St. Albert, Alberta has offered a free meal to all of the Fort McMurray residents that have valid ID. Fantastic!
— Kelsey Bulmer (@Kelsey_Bulmer) May 5, 2016
PLEASE DONATE TO REDCROSS TO HELP:
The Government of Alberta has announced that they will be matching all donations made to the Alberta Red Cross.
— Alberta Government (@YourAlberta) May 4, 2016
THANK YOU ALL! I CANNOT EXPRESS THIS ENOUGH. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, THANK YOU!
Disclaimer: It would be near-impossible to expose appreciation and thanks to every single person and business that has taken it upon themselves to help take care of the evacuees from Fort McMurray and area.
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If you know of businesses or people that have gone above and beyond to help out our northern neighbours, please feel free to leave a comment below.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.