Donations from clothes to money still pouring in.
Steff O’Neill left for northern Alberta last Thursday but when she returned to Campbell River a few days later her garage was once again full of donations.
“So since then I’ve been organizing and delivering to families that have fled Fort Mac and come to Vancouver Island. I went to Nanaimo yesterday to deliver to two families and today I’m delivering to three” O’Neill told CHEK News.
It is an unexpected continuation of the giving she initiated by going to Alberta in the first place.
That trip was quick but she saw first hand how the things people donated to her in Campbell River were going to make a difference in Fort McMurray.
“One of the local ladies here in Campbell River donated a baby bassinet and when I got back to Campbell River I saw that that bassinet was given to a baby that was born on the highway north of Fort Mac during the evacuations” added O’Neill.
Her friend Samantha Zeller who is helping her sort through the donations that still come in lost her own home in the massive wildfire.
“Tuesday night they were saying it was about 3 km behind our house and about 5, 6 o’clock we got word that our house was gone” said Zeller.
She says looking at photos of the aftermath it’s hard to tell where her house even stood.
She’s now one of the people Steff and millions of Canadians are trying to help.
An example of Vancouver Islanders stepping up to help was seen just down the highway in Courtenay Thursday as thousands of dollars was raised by first responders and a local radio station.
“Because I know if this beautiful area we call home was going through what they’re going through, Fort McMurray would do it for us” said Dave Tymo of 98.9 The Goat.
It was hoped that 15-thousand dollars would be raised.