Volunteers making a difference

Hundreds of volunteers are in Fort McMurray right now, from across the province and country, and even some from around the world. They are here with global and national NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to lend a helping hand. One of these groups is Samaritan’s Purse.

One of our colleagues at The Redpoll Centre was in a situation where her furniture had been too smoke damaged to recover and she had to buy everything new. The cost and the wait to have the furniture company deliver was prohibitive. Someone suggested that she call Samaritan’s Purse. She phoned and left a message, thinking it would be quite a wait. They returned the phone call in less than an hour and had a truck and team of 7 volunteers at the furniture store an hour after that.

“The were so nice,” shared Muna Yussuf, who was helping Sophie, our colleague from Centre D’Accueil Et D’etablissement,

The volunteers helped load up the new furniture, drove it to Sohpie’s home in Stonecreek, loaded it into the house, and even removed the smoke damaged items.

“These volunteers are amazing,” said Muna. “They come from all over Alberta. In the case of two of them, they work regular jobs Monday to Friday, and come up to Fort McMurray to help on Saturdays.”

Young, middle age, retired – volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse, and many other organizations helping with the recovery and rebuild, represent all segments of the population. They have a common desire to help ease the burden of so many families that have been impacted by one of the biggest disasters in Canadian history.

“I can’t believe that they have come from so far to help the people of Fort McMurray,” said Muna. “It was an emotional day experiencing the kindness of these incredible volunteers.”

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If you could use the help of volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse, please call 1-866-628-6565.


Author: Russell Thomas

​Russell is a marketing and communications professional who has spent 20 years in Wood Buffalo working with the OK Radio Group, Keyano College, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, and now with The United Way of Fort McMurray. A regular blogger, Russell's writing can be seen online (www.middleagebulge.com) and in multiple publications. His paintings can be seen in homes and businesses throughout the community. Married to Heather and "Papa" to Dylan and Ben, Russell is a passionate spokesperson for United Way.