How to help Fort McMurray wildfire victims in Calgary

Dec 19 2017, 11:26 am

The Fort McMurray wildfire has impacted people Canada-wide, but some aren’t sure as to how they can donate within their own communities.

There are several ways to donate right from your computer – A crowdsourced Facebook page is helping Fort McMurray residents find items with the help of volunteers. Other great news is that Airbnb has waived its service fees for those affected, helping people find or offer accommodations.


We’ve compiled a list of some resources you can donate to within Calgary and beyond, whether your contribution is big or small.

The Calgary Humane Society

The Calgary Humane Society is working with other animal rescue groups within the Fort McMurray area. All donations will go toward registered animal welfare groups aiding in relief efforts for the animals and families effected by the fires. Donate online to help.

Inn from the Cold

Inn from the Cold is a Calgary family shelter is helping those impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfire with housing assistance and more. Donate online to help support the cause.


Sobeys will match 100 per cent of cash donations made by customers up to $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross at stores across the country and provide $100,000 in supplies to families in need.

Canadian Red Cross

If you’d like to donate money to help with relief costs then visit the Alberta Fires Appeal online online. Proceeds will help with food, shelter, clothing, and more. Also text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation. The Alberta government is matching donations made to the Red Cross.

This site aims to help pair Albertans able to open their homes, rental properties, recreational properties, and other available space to people who need somewhere to stay.


CIBC is accepting donations at all branches. Proceeds will go towards the Canadian Red Cross.

This website gives assistance to those in need, allows you to donate to people in need, and allows you to sign up for a volunteering position.

The Calgary Food Bank

Donate food to the Calgary Food Bank to support Fort McMurray residents in need. Donations will be extended towards the Wood Buffalo Food Bank in Fort McMurray. Donate items at 5000 11th Street S.E.

The Atlantic Trap and Gill

Enjoy a fundraiser including live music, door prizes, and a silent auction at the Atlantic Trap & Gill. The event is slated for May 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and there is a minimum cover donation of $10 that will go toward the Canadian Red Cross.

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