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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Donation Quality & Storage

Due to the overwhelming response, donation centers are full with stuff. THANK YOU to everyone who has been donating, volunteering and helping. Right now it is asked that we store the donations until Athabasca and Westlock are ready for more.

If you want to act still, you can by donating in these ways:

The Red Cross - monetary donations
Athabasca, Westlock, Edmonton, High Prairie and Peace River - donate your time

Some of the best ways to give in times like these are in the form of your time and a shoulder to cry on. The immediate things like gas, groceries, clothes, toilettries can be focused on. Many people are staying in campers at locations, they will need gas. Best thing for that = GIFT CARDS!
Local stores in Athabasca and Westlock: Esso, Husky, Fas Gas, Extra Foods, Boston Pizza, A & W, UFA, Subway, Max Fuel, Tags, Shell, Sobeys, KFC, Ramzie's, McDonalds, and more.

Even for businesses close by in Edmonton, like Wal-mart, Superstore - are appreciated for victims.

You can also check out their websites at www.town.athabasca.ab.ca and www.westlock.ca

Monetary and cards can be given to the towns, evacuation centres or county offices. Those are trusted sources who can get them to the right places.

In terms of donation quality - if you wouldn't use it because of the shape it's in, please don't pass it onto evacuees! They need quality items, gently used or new.

We can also get proactive and start looking at storage options for donations for the victims, to make things easy for evacuation centers because right not they and the victims do not have the room to store large things.

Maybe there is someone willing to donate a large space for up to a year near Athabasca/Westlock that victims can easily access when ready?


  1. ok fort mcmurray ppl marley is starting a bottle drive to collect money for those affected by the slave lake fire so let's help her out and collect some bottles!!!!!!!! Any donation will help drop them off at my house(D'Arcys& DOnnies) or we can come get them just give us a call 780-747-2208 or Marley at 780-715-5505 (money and bottles excepted) thanks for the help

  2. Got a steamer trunk, dog kennel and suit case full of assorted house hold items, tabletop stove,children's toys and books. Needs to be transported from Red Deer. Call Lyle 403-346-2029

  3. We have boys clothes, sizes 5&6, a garbage bag full as well as a lot of miscellaneous toys that we could give to the children. We live in Southern Alberta but could do a weekend trip to take items up that way. We have a single bed/mattress - well but gently used. Stored only becuase we have no need of it right now. We could take items from others in Southern Alberta up with us if there is a need for stuff.
    We would be willing for a Parent and Child(ren) to come and stay with us for a month (One spare room) or two until dad/family has a home and they wont have to live in a shelter. ksaretzky@shaw.ca

  4. I live in Evansburg one an acreage and if someone wanted to set up a big canvas tent for donations, you could do so one my land. Also, I can't house some livestock.

  5. In Wabasca, where can we drop off donations?

  6. Do you know who to contact in these regions, about volunteering our time?

  7. (Edmonton) Beacon Heights Community League 4412-118 Ave.
    Edmonton Emergency Relief Services 10255 104 St NW (780) 428-4422
    Spruce Grove Walmart Donations 780-906-0068

    (Red Deer ) Jo Dumont Fitness #1 7819 50 Ave. Red Deer (403)348-5338 or (403)505-3354.

    Calgary needs help picking up from the drop off locations, bringing it to the storage and sorting it. Please email info@weangreen.com. They are working out of Sentinel Self Storage located at 2 Bowridge Drive NW

    Athabaska town office 780-675-2063.
    Westlock town office 780-349-4444
    High Prairie town office (780) 523-3388