The province is changing the organization that is coordinating the collection and distribution of donations for the Fort McMurray area residents displaced by the wildfires.
Municipal Affairs minister Danielle Larivee thanked all those who have been stepping forward in the past six weeks. She says so many people have carried out acts of wonderful service. “Among those acts, the works of the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society stands out. This small team of five staff and a handful of volunteers has made sure thousands of evacuees had their basic needs met.”
Wood Buffalo mayor Melissa Blake says, “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from every corner of the province and further afield. On behalf of Council and residents, I want to thank everyone who has donated to help. Many people lost everything they had and will continue to require support. Albertans are generous people and really step up when times are tough. This support is so greatly appreciated.”
The group that will run the donation centre is ADRA Canada. It is a humanitarian society operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Executive director James Astleford says they are up for the challenge. “ADRA Canada has been helping people and communities with development projects and humanitarian aid across the globe since 1985. We are proud to partner with the Alberta government and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to help residents who have been through a tremendous ordeal.”
The items they are looking for now include: canned meat, peanut butter, baby food and formula, new baby bottles, new pillows, new towels, , basic first aid kits, shoes for children, sanitary wipes, multi-surface wipes, and water.
To make a donation, you can dial 310-4455 in Alberta for instructions. You can also drop things off at their centre at 17306 129 Avenue NW, in Edmonton.
To volunteer, you must register online. (eb)