Donate Now to Help Those in Fort McMurray (Here's How)

Donate Now to Help Those in Fort McMurray (Here’s How)

(Featured image credit: @TerryReithCBC)

A long time back, I created an updates category on my blog for content completely unrelated to business.

And up until now, I haven’t had occasion to use it.

But as you may be aware,

A massive forest fire is burning parts of Fort McMurray, the heart of Alberta’s oil sands industry, and tens of thousands have evacuated their homes to escape the flames.

All of Fort McMurray was given a mandatory evacuation order at 6:20 p.m. local time on Tuesday. A total of close to 100,000 people in Fort McMurray and the surrounding municipality have fled their homes.

In a press conference on Tuesday Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said it is the largest wildfire evacuation in the history of the province. She advised residents to follow directions and evacuate the area calmly.

On Wednesday morning, the municipality of Wood Buffalo, which encompasses Fort McMurray, issued a damage assessment that said three neighborhoods were severely damaged, with one losing 80 percent of homes.

We’re talking about the displacement of roughly 100,000 people.

Homes, communities, businesses, and natural resources destroyed.

The images posted as residents evacuate are nothing less than terrifying:

You can find more images, videos and updates on Twitter by following these hashtags:

At present, the Canadian Red Cross needs financial support to help those affected by the fires. In fact, they as much as directly told me so last night:

So today, I am asking you to give generously to the Canadian Red Cross.


UPDATE / May-5-2016 / The federal government announced it will match all individual donations made to the Canadian Red Cross in support of Fort McMurray fire victims.


Even if you only feel you can spare $1 — then please, donate that $1.

As the saying goes, every little bit helps.

Donate here:

I’ll have a new episode of Better Freelancing ready on Monday, and if you haven’t already, you can check out my recently published Quick Start Guide to Freelance Writing.

But in the meantime, I wanted to publish this update and ask for your help and support.

It would mean a lot to me, but it would mean even more to the folks — including a friend of mine — in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

21 thoughts on “Donate Now to Help Those in Fort McMurray (Here’s How)

  1. thanks for inform me, and talking about humanity,

    today i donate my money,
    i hope it can help,

    thanks for you, get you lucky day

  2. Brent,

    I try not to watch the news too often, so I miss out on a lot of negativity. Often this is a blessing, but sometimes things really need our attention. This is definitely one of those cases you I’m glad you decided to dedicate a post on your blog to this.

    These pictures are so unreal, the fear those people must’ve had when fleeing from their usually comfortable homes is unimaginable. All we can do is support them.

    You are a great guy for this Brent, I left a donation and shared it on social media so other people can do the same.

    – Jasper

    • Jasper,

      I am positively overwhelmed at the number of people, such as yourself, who have donated to the Canadian Red Cross from foreign countries through this blog post.

      Amazing to see a global community coming together behind this.

      I, too, try to avoid watching more mainstream news coverage than I have to. But if you have a chance, check out those hashtags I mentioned on Twitter. Some of the videos people shot of having to drive through a live forest fire to get to safety are indescribable to watch. They look like something right out of a Hollywood blockbuster.

      On the other hand, some of the amazing stories of generosity from surrounding Alberta communities have been emotional, as well. Restaurants and hotels offering free food and lodging to Fort McMurray residents, for example. People opening their homes to strangers. Recently resettled Syrian refugees rallying to give back to the very people who welcomed them to Alberta less than a year ago. Beautiful.

      I’m really grateful to hear that you made a donation and I saw that you had already shared this post. That is excellent. Thank you!

      Best wishes,

      Brent

    • Thanks! If you have a chance, please make a donation, however big or small. The 100,000 or so people who were displaced by these fires would be grateful. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Done. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Our local stations in Minnesota have not covered it. Tonight NBC News had a long piece on it with a major correspondent on site. I am glad for the opportunity to help out with a Red Cross donation.

    Rin

    • That’s wonderful, Rin! So grateful that a number of my international friends have made donations to help out the residents of a small Canadian town. Thank you!

    • Hi Dr. Rin,

      I just wanted to inform you of an update.

      The federal government announced today that it will match all individual donations made to the Canadian Red Cross in support of Fort McMurray fire victims.

      Thanks again for your donation, and if you know of anyone else who might like to help, their donation will now essentially count for double!

      Best wishes,

      Brent

    • Hi Scott,

      I just wanted to inform you of an update.

      The federal government announced today that it will match all individual donations made to the Canadian Red Cross in support of Fort McMurray fire victims.

      Thanks again for your donation, and if you know of anyone else who might like to help, their donation will now essentially count for double!

      Best wishes,

      Brent

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