I was going to publish my usual post about beauty products. However, I had some things on my mind that I wanted to share, following the catastrophic events in the news. (If you’re not interested and want your usual daily dose of nail polish, check out my social media. I will still post a manicure on there later today.)
While I don’t live in Alberta, which is in a state of emergency, I am Canadian, and it hit me hard to learn about the raging wildfire in Fort McMurray.
The countless images and videos I’ve seen of the Fort McMurray fire sent shivers up my spine. All the flames and smoke remind me of what I envision hell to look like.
Many families have had to evacuate their homes, knowing that they may have nothing but rubble and soot to return to afterwards. *Sigh* I can’t even imagine how that feels. It’s the province’s largest evacuation of over 70,000 people.
If you’re an evacuee:
— Red Cross Alberta (@RedCrossAB) May 4, 2016
Forget about your opinion on the oil industry, politics, and climate change for a second. Don’t even add insult to injury to the people who have been torn from their homes by making snarky and distasteful remarks. Sadly, I’ve seen a bunch of these social-media posts.
Remember that people are being ripped from their homes and the things most precious to them. They’ve had to abandon the things that have made their house a home. They’ll have to rebuild their lives, not just their homes. Think about that.
At the time of writing this, so far, there have been no fatalities, which is amazing and something to be truly grateful for! Also, some women have gone into labour while being stuck in traffic during all of this!
Through any catastrophe, there’s always a beacon of light, and we shouldn’t ignore it because it breathes hope back into humanity.
Sometimes, it takes the worst situations to remind us of the best in people.
I am thankful for all the firefighters and emergency first responders who risk their lives daily to help the rest of us feel safe. I am also inspired by the numerous volunteers who so generously give their valuable time to help others in need.
The full extent of the Fort McMurray fire probably hasn’t been realized just yet, and the community will have to rebuild from the ground up when it’s all over.
The rest of this post includes additional information for how to contribute to the Fort McMurray Fire Relief Support.
How to Help with Fort McMurray Fire Relief Support
Donation to the Canadian Red Cross via the Website
To help them get back on their feet faster and also to help with the immediate relief support, I strongly urge you to give what you can and donate to the Canadian Red Cross. They have an official Alberta Fires Appeal where your contribution can make a huge difference, whether you donate $5, $5,000, or anything else.
The Canadian Red Cross’ website accepts donations via credit card or PayPal, and you don’t have to be a Canadian to contribute. (There’s a drop-down menu, so you can select your country of residence.)
The Alberta government will be matching dollar-for-dollar donations made to the Canadian Red Cross for Fort McMurray.
According to Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Canadian government will not only provide future assistance, but will also match charitable donations to the Canadian Red Cross for Fort McMurray.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) May 4, 2016
— Patrick Morrell (@PatMorrell_CBC) May 5, 2016
Donation to the Canadian Red Cross via a Text Message
Another way you can donate money to the Fort McMurray fire relief support is by taking a few seconds to send a text on your phone:
— Bell (@Bell) May 4, 2016
Partnering with Red Cross to help those impacted by Fort McMurray fires. You can donate $10 to Red Cross by texting redcross to 45678.
— Fido (@Fidomobile) May 4, 2016
You can donate by texting redcross to 45678 (a $10 donation) or 30333 (a $5 donation). #FortMacFire
— Rogers (@Rogers) May 4, 2016
— TELUS (@TELUS) May 4, 2016
— WIND Mobile (@WINDmobile) May 4, 2016
— Koodo (@koodo) May 4, 2016
Donating Items to the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services
If you aren’t able to give money, but would like to drop off diapers, new toiletries, etc., that’s also helpful.
Edmonton Emergency Relief Services is accepting diapers, baby wipes, new toiletries, NEW socks & underwear at 10255 104th Street #ymmfire
— City of Edmonton (@CityofEdmonton) May 4, 2016
I’m also really happy to see more support and awareness being raised:
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 4, 2016
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 4, 2016
We’re donating $100,000 to Red Cross to help those affected by the Fort McMurray fires. #FortMacFire
— Rogers (@Rogers) May 4, 2016
— Pet Valu (@petvalu) May 4, 2016
If you’ve read this far, thank you for your attention, and I hope that you will contribute to the Fort McMurray relief efforts in some way.
Below is one of the many tweets that compelled to write this post and encourage others to help in this great time of need:
— sarah peats (@SarahPeats1) May 4, 2016