It has been truly inspiring over the past couple weeks seeing the country and locally the North Durham community respond to the crisis in Fort McMurray after the terrible wildfire that has ravaged the area.
As most have likely seen in this edition of The Standard, 100 Men of Scugog raised over $5,000 for this cause that was matched by TD Bank as well as the Federal and Provincial governments bringing the total donation over $20,000.
As well, McDonalds held their own drive where $1 from every Big Mac was donated to the Red Cross for fire relief. Uxbridge Baptist Church also collected items to be sent to Alberta, such as pillows, blankets, clothing and other items.
So far, the Canadian Red Cross has raised over $60 million for the cause according to a report
It is always amazing to see people try to help those that they may have never met, because they know that it is the right thing to do.
The same can be said when the North Durham community stood up and helped initiatives to help bring Syrian Refugees to Port Perry as the civil war in the country continues and possibly Uxbridge in the future. The support has been so large that the Port Perry Refugee Support is planning to bring three more families of Syrians to the community.
Canadians don’t just stick up for other Canadians, they help those who could be worlds away and people that we likely have never made contact with in our lives. It is always exciting as a newspaper to see how a local community can rally around a big issue and can help wherever they can.
We are sure that these donations will make a wonder of a difference to those who have had their lives torn apart , and this will bring comfort knowing people are there to help
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