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By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – The Ray McDonald Sports Centre will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday for residents to make donations to the Slave Lake relief efforts.
Immediate requirements are for pet food, toiletries, towels, face cloths, non-perishables and men’s clothing for residents taking shelter in Westlock and children’s items, including infant formula, diapers and cribs for those being housed in Athabasca.
Volunteers are also needed to man the drop off centre Monday evening after town crews have gone home.
Councillor Lisa Holmes said the idea for a drop off centre came about Monday morning from a discussion between she and Councillor Nicole Boutestein about how the community could help. After discussing the matter with Susan MacDonald, Morinville’s director of community services, the group contacted Westlock for information on how best to help.
Concurrent with Morinville’s plans, Nicole Rogers, a parent from Notre Dame Elementary School was organizing a relief collection for Athabasca. The two groups are now collecting donations under one roof.
Sunday’s wildfire destroyed at least one third of the community of 7,000. Residents have been evacuated to Westlock, Athabasca and Edmonton.
The Morinville Fire department has also sent crews and equipment to assist.
List of items that can be used are as follows:
– Baked goods
– bedding, blankets, pillows
– dry goods such as spaghetti, ramen noodles NOT canned goods
– clothing – mens, baby – All kinds of clothing welcome, these are the top needs though.
– baby supplies- playpen, diapers, formula, strollers
– animal supplies