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Signal Boost: More Ways to Help in Alberta Fire Emergency
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Tens of thousands of evacuees from the fire-ravaged regions of Alberta need help. When offering help, be aware that there are scams posing as donation sites, and also even if you’re giving through organizations that are actually trying to help, be aware that some not-requested items may actually be counter-productive. To make sure your donations have the maximum effect, follow these guidelines:

DONATE MONEY:
1.If you want to donate to the Red Cross, you can give any amount through this link: Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal. Alternately, you can donate $5 by texting REDCROSS to 30333 or donate $10 by texting FIRES to 45678. Be careful: There are some scammers posing as the Red Cross asking for money on social media. (Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government is matching all donations made to the Red Cross for the Fort McMurray Wildfires).
2.If you want to donate to the Salvation Army, you can give any amount through this link: Salvation Army Alberta Fire Response.

OFFER ACCOMMODATION:
1.If you need can take in some evacuees, check out these Facebook groups: Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page, Fort Mcmurray evac relocation help group.
2.Airbnb has waived all service fees through May 21 for those affected by the fire, and there are already over 40 places listed on the site for free.
3.Those able to house displaced people can also sign up at ymmfire.ca.

HELP THE ANIMALS
1.The Calgary Humane Society put out an urgent request for hard plastic kennels to house displaced animals. Kennels can be dropped off at: 4455 110 Avenue SE
2.Those looking to house people’s companion animals, help unify lost companion animals with owners, and generally assist with animal rescue should check out this Facebook page: Fort McMurray Fire Emergency Animal Assistance
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DONATE FOOD AND ITEMS:
1.If you want to donate items such as blankets or clothes, check out this Facebook group: Fort Mac Fire Donations. Make sure you’re only giving things that are requested. People often donate things after a disaster that aren’t needed, and sometimes actually get in the way of vital supplies.
2.Edmonton Emergency Relief Services is collecting diapers, baby wipes, new socks, underwear, and toiletries. Drop off items at 10255 104th St in Edmonton.
3.Edmonton’s Food Bank is collecting donations. Food can be dropped off at any major grocery store or fire hall in Edmonton. For monetary donations: Edmonton’s Food Bank Fort McMurray Fire Evacuee Support.

VOLUNTEER:
1.Edmonton Emergency Relief Services is looking for volunteers. Call 780-428-4422 and leave a message, they will get back to you.
2.Those interested in volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross can sign up here.

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