Actor David Oulton from Calgary speaks out about his home town Fort McMurray, Alberta and the recent Wildfires, he is encouraging people to support!
“I want to urge everyone reading this to consider making a donation to the Red Cross to help with the relief efforts in regards to the Fort McMurray Wildfires. Whether it be $500, or $5, it all adds up in the end and the small act of generosity will go a long way. I myself have made several donations over the past 24 hours,” shares David Oulton.
David grew up in Fort McMurray, moving there at five years old from Chester, England he lived there for nearly two decades. Living first in Abasand, then Grayling Terrace, and finally in Wood Buffalo, Fort McMurray was his home. It’s been difficult for many watching not only these areas, but also many others, fall victim to the fires over the few days. The last he’d heard was Wood Buffalo was now facing threat from the fire.
“During my many years living there, I saw on countless occasions strangers banding together to help another in their community during a time of crisis – whether it be a death, a fire, an accident, etc. Additionally, on a larger scale, I know that year after year the city continually beats United Way expectations with fundraising in an effort to help those beyond the community,” says David.
“Now it’s our turn. I’ve been watching the news nonstop for the past two days, watching my old neighborhood and home burn to the ground. I’ve spoken with quite a few close friends who have lost everything except the clothes on their backs. I’ve heard a lot of people wishing they could help or do more, so I want to challenge everyone to donate. Texting REDCROSS to 30333 will automatically donate $5 (very simply charged to your phone bill) to aid in the wildfire disaster. If everyone who reads this can donate $5, that’s a significant donation right there,” shares David.
“I also think it goes without saying – but we need too anyway – how appreciative everyone is for the support already pouring in. From hotels and restaurants offering free accommodations and meals, to individuals and businesses trucking up fuel, water, and food to the evacuees who have yet to leave the city. As a former Fort McMurrayite. It’s awesome to see how calm, cool and collected mayor, Melissa Blake, and Premiere Notley have been throughout the entire ordeal. Great examples of leadership,” exclaims David.
Donate your coffee. Give $5. Thank you David for speaking out!
Kathy Trinh from CTV and many other local Celebrities are urging support on their social media. At the Alberta Film Awards, Tom Jackson made a wonderful speech about donating and making a difference!
YYCharity, is also supporting the tragedy and asks for people to donate bins of necessities clothes, anything people can do to help.
Cassandra Raugust and Gail Nicholson heading the bin support!
Find out more how to help and where to dop-off bins.
In need of more bins and support!