Watching wildfires tear through the community of Fort McMurray in Alberta over the past few days has been heart-wrenching.
And with so many residents forced to abandon their homes and businesses – many of which have been destroyed – Vancouverites want to help.
Below are a few ways you can help Fort McMurray.
- Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross or make a donation of any size online. The federal government will match donations made to the Red Cross.
- BC Liquor stores are also accepting donations in support of Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, in multiples of $2 and $5.
- All Safeway’s locations are accepting donations in support of Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray – and will match the amount raised up to $100,000.
- Gringo’s Taco Bar and Dixie’s BBQ are donating $1 for every drink purchase between now and Sunday, May 8, to the Canadian Red Cross to help disaster relief in Fort McMurray.
- The grocery store chain is accepting donations – in cash or points – to help support Red Cross relief efforts in For McMurray. (They’re also offering displaced residents in need of emergency prescription refills access to their files at any store.)
- The chain of convenience stores is converting its National Coin Box campaign – those canisters you usually see on the counter – to collect for the Red Cross Alberta Fires Fund.
- This national chain of hypermarkets is accepting cash donations of any size in store to help Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray. (The company has already committed $300,000 in cash, food, water, and essential health supplies.)
Head to a charity BBQ
- What: M&M Food Market in Richmond will be hosting a charity BBQ this Saturday in support of the Fort McMurray relief fund. Swing by and enjoy a hamburger or hot dog by donation. 100% of funds raised will go to the Canadian Red Cross.
- Where: M&M Food Market (formerly M&M Meat Shop) – 7020 Francis Rd, Richmond
- When: Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join a Facebook community
Two Facebook communities, the BC Lets Help Fort McMurray group and the Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help page, are providing a place for all to offer support, lodging, and whatever else you can to help Fort McMurray evacuees.
Things to know for affected residents
- Call Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070 to register your location
- Airbnb is waiving all service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between May 03, 2016 and May 21, 2016.
- TELUS is extending free calling and texting service in the area through May 17 and calls from TELUS payphones to anywhere in Canada.
- Facebook has activated its safety-check feature for the Fort McMurray fire
- A boil water advisory is in effect for camps within the region and for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
- Retain all expense receipts for possible reimbursement from your insurer
- Downloading the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps will keep you up to date with the latest developments
- An Air Quality Advisory has been issued for the Fort McMurray area