The Alberta Wildfire Donations Centre, located in west Edmonton, is filling up with more than 2,000 pallets stacked with goods that people are donating to residents of Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in the aftermath of last month's massive wildfires. A partnership was announced between the regional municipality, the Alberta government, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, to manage the outpouring of donated goods from across the country.
The relief agency will receive, sort, store, catalogue and distribute material donations. It will also develop a strategy to work with other non-profits and community groups to co-ordinate collection and distribution of donations across the province. In addition to donated goods, the centre also appeals for volunteers to help sort donations to prepare for shipping to Fort McMurray and other communities.
The top 10 needed items at the Alberta Wildfire Donations Centre are:
- Canned meat (turkey, chicken, tuna, salmon, ham and corned beef)
- Peanut butter
- Baby food and formula
- New baby bottles
- New pillows
- New towels
- Basic first aid kits
- Children’s shoes
- Sanitary wipes