Scenes from the fires in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area are beyond description. Albertan families are watching all they own go up in flames.
Calgarians have recent experience with natural disasters having been through the floods of 2013 and 2005. We know how important it is to come together and support one another. That is why I am not surprised at how quickly many Calgarians offered their unused belongings, space in their homes, and their money to support those affected by the disaster. It is in our DNA.
I have received many requests from Ward 7 residents about how they can help. The best way to help at this time is to donate money to the Red Cross. This money will go directly to the short term relief effort and longer term financial supports for displaced Albertans. Both the Provincial and Federal governments will match the funds collected. Fundraisers are a great way to bring people together while collecting needed funds. Please let us know if you are aware of a fundraiser and we will help to promote it on social media.
At the same time, the City of Calgary is providing assistance and expertise to help fight the fires and to support the evacuees. To find out more, please visit the City’s webpage.
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