UPDATE May 14 – You can now donate in more places, see bottom of article.
Over the past few days the news from Alberta has been dire. Fort McMurray, a town many times larger than ours, has suffered one of the worst disasters of modern times in Canada due to Wildfire. While fatalities are very few many thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives leaving behind everything they couldn’t carry with them. For many of them there will be nothing left to return to . . . but in the meanwhile they need assistance.
If you want to help out you help those who are helping by donating money to the Red Cross. In Grand Forks you have options: You can donate right at the cash register after shopping at Overwaitea, Buy Low Foods or the BC Liquor store. Or you can go to any teller at the local branch of the CIBC. Every Dollar helps! And if you donate more than $20 through the CIBC you can get a charitable donation receipt.
UPDATE: Saturday May 7 11:11 AM
I’m told that you can now donate at Extra Foods and the Gas Bar there.
UPDATE: Saturday May 14
Last week when I made my first set of videos the Grand Forks & District Credit Union wasn’t set up to accept donations. Now they are – but you have to do it through their website at www.gfdscu.com
There’s a large red button on the right edge of the webpage that takes you off to the Red Cross where you can make your donation using a credit card or PayPal. You can also tell them who you are making it on behalf of, yourself or a company / organization, which Credit Union you are affiliated with and your contact information.
If you want to give more tangible help, things – not money, you can do that at Grand Forks Realty on Central in downtown Grand Forks. They’re collecting clothing, baby food, diapers, teddy bears, etc. in a container to send out to Alberta. They’re open Saturday until 4PM and Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM.