We all buy into this idea that there is an invisible line that divides ‘us’ from ‘them’; the Calgarians from the Edmontonians. You’re either a Flames fan, or an Oilers fan. But never before has a region of people put aside their differences and come together so quickly as Albertans when our neighbours need our help.
The slogan “Alberta Strong” was founded during the 2013 floods. It is a slogan that brings Albertans together during the good times and the bad times alike. We are a diverse province filled with strong, kind, hard working people. People who would literally give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. A true testament of that has been shown once again, with the devastating news of the wild fires in Fort McMurray.
People are offering up their support in every way they can. Opening up their homes and their wallets to complete strangers. Offering words of hope and encouragement in what might seem like a hopeless situation to those that have lost everything they own.
With the outpouring of support, it can be overwhelming and confusing to know what channels are most effective in getting much needed support to the right places. So we have compiled a list of places that will maximize your support:
The Red Cross
Right now the Red Cross is only seeking donations in monetary from. The easiest way to do this is through the online form below.
You can also text “REDCROSS” to 30333 to make a $5 donation. They will even send you a tax recipt.
Please call the Red Cross for family reunification 1-888-350-6070
The Federal, and Provincial Government are matching all donations made to the Canadian Red Cross.
This site helps pair Albertans able to open their homes, rental properties, and other available space to people in need of somewhere to stay.
Edmonton Food Bank
Donations may be left at any major grocery store or fire hall.
Like them on Facebook to stay informed about how to donate to those with special dietary needs.
Edmonton Emergency Relief Services
ERS is asking for donations and volunteers. Specifically items like new unopened toiletries, diapers, baby wipes, and new socks and underwear.
Take your donations to the ERS offices, downtown Edmonton (10255 104th Street). They will be distributed where needed most.
To volunteer, please call 780-428-4422. Leave a message, and the ERS will call you back.
Fort Mac Recovers
This site is to facilitate community preparedness and recovery. Residents can request help, and others can sign up to donate and volunteer.
Photo credit/ from the Calgary Herald