UXBRIDGE: The disastrous fires in Fort McMurray have seen communities all over Canada come together to help those that had to evacuate their homes in search of safety and shelter.
Uxbridge is also ramping up efforts to help. Uxbridge Baptist Church will be accepting items that will be sent to Edmonton. The following items requested are as follows: Pillows, blankets and sleeping bags, socks (children and adult), underwear (all sizes), diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, toiletries such as tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc., children’s toys, non-perishable canned goods, and bottled water. All items are requested to be new.
Uxbridge Baptist Church is located at 231 Brocks St. West, in Uxbridge. Any items can be dropped off Monday to Friday, between 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 9 a.m, until 11 a.m.. The church will be accepting items up to and including Sunday, May 15. Containers are arranged for shipping.
More details can be found at the church’s website at: www.uxbridgebaptist.com. A list of items will also be posted there to share with others.
Recently, McDonald’s Corporation announced that $1 from every Big Mac sold this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will go to relief efforts in Fort McMurray.
At a council meeting on Monday, May 9, Uxbridge Council announced it would be donating $1,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, which will be matched by the Federal Government. The Government of Canada is also matching all individual donations made to the Canadian Red Cross. As of last Friday, $54 million dollars has been donated to the Red Cross.
The latest information coming out of Fort McMurray is overwhelming. According to the Government of Alberta, the size of the fire on Monday was 204,000 hectares. By Tuesday morning, the fire had grown to 229,000 hectares.
The situation is stabilizing. 2,400 structures have been destroyed, but major infrastructure such as hospitals, and water treatment plants are okay. Milder than expected weather is assisting firefighters with putting out the fires and the predicted movement of the fire towards Saskatchewan has also stalled. The fires remained about 50 kilometers west of the nearest Saskatchewan community.
To make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross, visit: www.redcross.ca. Donating money ensures that items donated do not go to waste.