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Alberta fires: expressions of support and compassion from donors to evacuees

Canadians across the country came together to support evacuated residents from Fort McMurray
Canadians across the country came together to support evacuated residents from Fort McMurray.
Ongoing support has raised more than $135 million to date
More than $135 million has been raised by Canadians from coast to coast to support immediate emergency assistance, re-entry needs, and long-term community rebuilding.
Thousands of messages of support came pouring in to Red Cross
Donors sent Red Cross thousands of messages containing heartfelt, compassionate words of encouragement, resilience, and strength
Thank you for the support
Thank you to the wonderful friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues who have come together to help Fort McMurray back on its feet.
The Red Cross is here to help
The Red Cross, along with millions of Canadians, are here to help, support, and stand with you as you re-build.
Share your messages of support with #RedCrossThanks
You can share your own messages of support with evacuees by using the hashtag #RedCrossThanks.
Messages still pouring in
Messages of support still come pouring in for those affected by the fires in Alberta.
Share your messages of support
Use #RedCrossThanks to share your own messages of support.

Canadians across the country came together to support evacuated residents from Fort McMurray. To date, more than $135 million has been raised by Canadians from coast to coast to support immediate emergency assistance, re-entry needs, and long-term community rebuilding for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

In addition to the remarkable generosity of Canadians, donors sent us thousands of messages containing heartfelt, compassionate words of encouragement, resilience, and strength. Some of these messages can be found below:
  •  “Be strong, be brave. All of Canada is pulling for you, and we’ll be there as you rebuild, just as we were in the moments after your evacuation.” – Shanna, Saskatchewan
  • “You are very much in our hearts and thoughts. Keep your hope and spirit alive for better days ahead. We continue to support you!” – Charlene and Terry, Ontario
  • “Please know you have the support of millions of people and you will get through this. Only focus on a little bit at a time. Sending my love and support to all of you.” ­– Karen Momotiuk, Ontario
  •  “Our thoughts have been with you all. You have all done amazingly well and we are proud of you. You all embody what is means to be Canadian.”  – Carkner Family, Ontario
  • “Please know that we will be with you in the months ahead as you reshape your lives and that you have not been forgotten.”  – Nancy Nicholls, Ontario
  • “Welcome back to your homes. We wish you all the support needed to get through such a tragedy. Always remember you are never alone and we are there for you.” – Brent and Joseé, Québec
  • “Our thoughts are with you! May you find the strength and the determination to overcome the challenges that are ahead of you!” – Walter and Sandy, PEI
  • “Your strength and courage are an inspiration to us all. We’re proud of you and standing behind you in support as you rebuild your homes and your lives.” – Kara, Nova Scotia
  • “We’re watching your resilience with great pride. Wishing you all a happy future.”  – Bob Wheaton, BC
  • “You have so much heart. You are among the bravest people I know. Together we will rebuild and stand tall and stronger than anything in this world. Much love and admiration for each and every one of you.” – Laurie Ann Brown, Alberta
  • “Dear Evacuees, we are thinking of you all as you embark on your journey home. I wish you energy and patience as you rebuild your homes, your streets, and your city. All the best for a strong future.”- Claire K, Alberta
  • “My heat goes out to you for your strength, resiliency and courage. Things will get better and remember you have many friends who will continue to support you. Do not get discouraged, the sun will shine again and Fort McMurray will be better than ever before!”  - Susan Wolff, Alberta
Thank you to the wonderful friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues who have come together to help Fort McMurray back on its feet. To the residents of this resilient community: the Red Cross, along with millions of Canadians, are here to help, support, and stand with you as you re-build.

You can share your own messages of support with evacuees here, or by using the hashtag #RedCrossThanks.

For those wishing to donate to support these efforts, you can support the Alberta Fires Appeal.
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