Steff O’Neil, a former resident of Fort McMurray is driving supplies to evacuees.
Steff O’Neil and her mom are on a mission to help as many people who were forced to flee Fort McMurray as possible.
“It’s heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking. I have friends and family up there. It’s just devastating to watch” O’Neil told CHEK News as she began packing her pick-up truck with items that have been donated.
She used to live in Fort McMurray and just felt the need to go to Alberta to help.
“I couldn’t sit here and I could have donated to the Red Cross, everyone could donate to Red Cross that’s great but I need to be able to give it to them myself” said O’Neil.
O’Neil only decided to do it on Wednesday but has been interviewed by CBC Radio and has a Facebook page about her mission named Campbell River Donations for Fort McMurry Residents Affected by wildfire.
Her plans have received so much attention that strangers continually pulled up to the the house with donations for her to take to Alberta.
“It’s tragic, I have family and friends up there and family hasn’t lost their homes but friends have and it’s just, sorry, it’s just tragic” said Chenoa Campbell who arrived to make a donation.
“I saw her post on Facebook that she was going to be driving a bunch of donations up to give to them and I thought that the little that I have I want to be able to contribute to it” added Tanya Valentyik who was also making a donation.
“It’s amazing, the outpouring of generosity from our community has just been amazing I’m so proud to be born and raised here” said O’Neil.
Many of the items are for children because Fort McMurray families fled the flames without the essentials.
“Car seats, play mats, bouncy chairs, diapers, bottles, formula. Basically everything you need for a baby. Playpens” added O’Neil.
O’Neil left for Alberta Thursday evening making stops along the way picking up more items and hoped to arrived in northern Alberta Friday evening.