When Edmontonians saw news unfold of the devastating fires and heard a plea for help – “Can you donate? Can you volunteer?” – they sprung to action.
Over just a few days, thousands of donations filled the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society’s storage spaces to capacity.
The response to the call for contributions for evacuees was overwhelming.
The EERSS said donors and volunteers proved that the basic human value of caring for people in times of need is not limited by differences such as religion, culture, gender or colour.
People from all different backgrounds came together in common cause to drop off new clothing, bedding and other essential items. Hundreds volunteered to sort through the enormous amount of donations.
All of these actions truly reflected the diversity of our community and the compassion of Edmontonians and Albertans.