Hay River residents reach out to Slave Lake evacuees

A semi-truck full of donations pulled away from the back lot of the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre on Friday morning, bringing a total of 21 pallets of donations to a relief centre in Athabasca, Alberta.
In less than a week, volunteers were able to collect clothing, toiletries, school items and other donations to send down to help the nearly 1,000 evacuees currently residing in the small town of just over 2,500.
Grimshaw Trucking was the company that collected the donations, a much higher volume than organizer April Glaicar had imagined.


“So much for two pallets,” she said as they loaded the truck.
But as they loaded the truck full, more donations continued to pile in, both in material and monetary values.
As of last Wednesday, $700 had been collected by the Canadian Red Cross.
According to the Facebook group, Hay River helps Slave Lake, events are currently being planned to help raise money for those residents who lost their homes in the wildfire over a week ago.
Bingos, a dance and even a Fort Smith show by the local band Trash the Monument are in the works as fund raising events.
Following the Heritage Centre’s sock monkey exhibit’s closure next month, Jessica Latour will also be sending some of her colourful creations down to help bring some smiles to the faces of some of the younger residents.
“It’s really awesome to see families bringing in donations together and community members working side by side to sort and pack,” said Glaicar on a post to the group.
“Thanks again to everyone who has been in to donate items or cash and all the amazing volunteers.”