Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre Appeals for Basic Items

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 
  • Water

For more information about donating or volunteering, please click here.

Wildfire in Alberta, Canada

UPDATE: May 18, 2016

ADRA Canada & Adventist Community Services teams have been busy working with a number of local church leaders. The Edmonton South SDA Church is the primary responder in Edmonton and they collected items from around the city which was delivered to those affected by the wild fires.

The teams also met with the students at the Chinook Winds Academy in Calgary and thanked them for all their help with donations and support of their neighbors who are experiencing crisis. The Galgary Bridgeland SDA Church donated supplies for the survivors.

The operation of a warehouse should be finalized today. The warehouse will hold the donated goods that will be made available to groups that run Emergency Distribution Centers that provides the items to meet the immediate needs of individuals and families.

Please continue to pray for the personnel and volunteers as they continue to serve and help those affected. 


May 6, 2016

ADRA Canada and the Alberta Conference Adventist Community Services (ACS) are offering assistance to those affected by the Fort McMurray fires. ADRA Canada and the Alberta Conference ACS joined together a few years ago to purchase a disaster response vehicle/trailer. That vehicle has been filled with supplies which will be delivered to those affected by this disaster. Local Alberta Conference churches will be providing volunteers. Local families have also opened their homes to the displaced. ADRA Canada has also partnered with GlobalMedic to send hygiene kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and a towel to 2,000 people. Assistance from the Alberta Conference ACS and ADRA Canada will continue in the upcoming days.” 

 "We have received confirmation from individuals who were able to drive by the Fort McMurray Seventh-day Adventist Church that it appears to be intact.  We continue to monitor reports regarding the well being of our Adventist families in the community and the condition of their homes. We will share more information when it is available." - Lyle Notice, ADRA/Adventist Community Services Disaster Response Alberta Conference

Here are some quick points.

·      The fire is still raging in Fort McMurray
·      88,000 people have been evacuated
·      Many residents have lost homes
·      Most residents have been evacuated and have been relocated to the city of Edmonton, with several hundred more displaced victims being directed there later today.
·      There is a reception center in place at Northlands
·      Edmonton South Church has also opened up its doors to displaced victims and are hosting several families
·      As for our immediate response the ADRA Trailer will be headed with several volunteers to Northlands and Edmonton South Church today to drop off care kits, sleeping bags, pillows and water
·      Northlands Reception Center will be heavily in need of pillows, bedding/sleeping bags, baby formula care kits. If you have any of these items please direct them to the Edmonton South Church
·      ADRA and Alberta Adventist Community Services will be more heavily involved with many volunteers in the Short Term Post Disaster Recovery Phase, this will be several days after the fire has stopped and it is safe to enter the disaster zone.

To financially support the relief efforts in Fort McMurray through the Adventist church you may do so using the following options:
Option #1: Adventist Giving
Donate using Adventist Giving: www.albertaadventist.ca/online-giving.  Designate funds to: AB Disaster Relief

Option #2: ADRA Canada
Visit www.adra.ca and donate online.

Please pray for all the displaced people and families along with the relief personnel  and volunteers.

ACS Mobile Unit Respond to Flooding in Louisiana

May 02, 2016 - Update

The ARKLA Adventist Community Services (ACS) Mobile Unit has been going out almost every weekend since the floods began in March of this year. There are over 35.000 families affected by this crisis. Dedicated volunteers have been distributing school kits, personal care kits, blankets, food boxes and clean up kits to survivors. On April 25, a multi-agency warehouse was open in Monroe, LA, to serve a 12 parish region. This area has been flooded four times already since the flooding occurred. On April 29, the team was in Amite, LA, serving over 100 families. For more information: contact acshelp4u@yahoo.com

Metairie Spanish Pathfinder Club help unload Mobile Unit

Metairie Spanish Pathfinder Club help unload Mobile Unit

March 23, 2016 - Update

The ARKLA Adventist Community Services  mobile unit is going out this weekend.   The team will be distributing blankets, personal care kits, clean-up kits and food boxes will be in two locations in southern Louisiana- Franklinton and Bogalusa - where 550 homes damages. 

March 19, 2016 - Arkansas-Louisiana Area

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response has been asked to bring in a mobile unit to serve areas where survivors can't get supplies. Besides the families that are displaced, there are 3,500 to 4,500 homes that have been damaged with a couple of inches to several feet of water. 

The ACS Disaster Response have been busy checking out the areas the state has asked us to set up our mobile unit to pass out food, clothes, flood buckets, etc. 

Rescuing and evacuations are on-going and waiting for water to recede in the areas hardest hit with flood waters.  There are families still in shelters waiting to go home. More rain is expected later this week and next week.

Items are needed for the mobile unit. Looking to help?  Monitory donation to the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference office ear-mark ARKLA ACS DR. 

Report by: Lavida Whitson, ARK-LA Adventist Community Services Director

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9.5 Tons of Supplies Provided for Ecuador Earthquake

Over 40 dedicated volunteers with the Adventist Community Services of Queens Spanish, which is based in Corona, Queens, have organized the community to donate and help box supplies to send to Ecuador. So far they have collected about six tons of food, one ton of dry pet food, and over 600 cases of water.

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