Local businesses, groups offer support

By: J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge area businesses are coming together to help those affected most by the Fort McMurray fires.

A large number of ag producers, businesses and the Lethbridge College Students’ Association, have been working together with the goal of sending a large amount of cash and a truck filled with supplies up north.

Farmers, corporate farms, local Hutterite colonies, along with ag companies such as Cargill Canada have been involved in providing those donations which will be going to the Edmonton Food Bank. The Lethbridge College Students’ Association have also made a sizeable donation of food, water and other items.

Cameron Dewey, VP Operations and Finance for LCSA, said the group’s involvement began after making a post to Facebook.

Donations, when they started coming, were fast and furious, according to Dewey.

To start things off, the association kicked in the funds to purchase a pallet of water bottles – 48 packages of 40 bottles. They are also donating toiletries and, as of Thursday afternoon, had already amassed around 250 pounds of food.

“It’s been going great,” Dewey said. “And it’s been going extremely fast.

“It shows we actually care and we want to do something about it. It’s one thing to say you want to do something. It’s another to do something.

“I think, personally, us doing this as an association, and the students’ participation is a wonderful example of people who are willing to give. And I think that is something that needs to be seen a lot nowadays, personally.”

Among the many other donations being made through local businesses are:

– Pure Power Wrestling challenged other local businesses to meet or beat its $100 donation over social media on Thursday;

– AMA and the Lethbridge Fire Department are holding a charity pancake breakfast for Fort McMurray on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the AMA parking lot. A minimum $5 donation is requested;

– Bridge City Chrysler is accepting donations, and cash donations will be matched up to $10,000;

– Lethbridge Mitsubishi and Northside Lethbridge Dodge are accepting donations; and

– Neiboer Farm Supplies from Nobleford is collecting a trailer of supplies.

The federal government has said it will match all individual donations made to the Red Cross. To donate, visit redcross.ca or text REDCROSS to 30333, which will make a $5 donation that will appear on your phone bill.