AYR, Ont. — After more than 80,000 people were displaced and affected by the wildfires in northern Alberta and Fort McMurray, trucking company JBT Transport sought the help of local businesses and the public to raise urgently needed items for donation to the relief effort.
As part of their contribution, JBT donated the transportation to haul the goods to the Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre, which is managed by ADRA Canada in partnership with the government of Alberta and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
A truckload of donations were raised during the campaign.
“We are so thankful to everyone for their generosity,” said campaign coordinator Natalie Martin. “Not only did we receive enough donations to fill up a transport trailer, but we were able to send a large volume of items that are urgently required like hygiene and baby care products, new clothing and linens.”
In addition to personal care and household items, a large quantity of non-perishable food and water was made available to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Food Bank, which is located directly in the city of Fort McMurray.
“The truckload of goods donated through the ‘Stuff-A-JBT-Truck’ program will primarily go to assist residents in the Fort Mac area, but the relief will also help people who are still displaced and living in other communities like Edmonton,” Martin added. “Anyone with a Canadian Red Cross registration number can access assistance.”
The truckload of goods left JBT’s yard in Ayr, Ontario on July 2 and was delivered to the Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre in Edmonton on July 5 by veteran JBT driver Marilyn Robinson.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better person to represent the campaign out on the road and in Edmonton,” says Martin. “Marilyn was on board from the get-go, even providing a generous donation of her own.”
In addition to the truckload of donated items, over $2000 in monetary contributions was raised through the campaign and made available to the Canadian Red Cross.
JBT would like to thank the following partners for their assistance throughout the campaign: Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society, Edmonton’s Food Bank, ADRA Canada, Municipality of Wood Buffalo Food Bank, Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Alberta as well as the public in Waterloo Region for their generosity.
“We had people stopping by our warehouse in Ayr regularly with donations, as well as other drop sites in the area,” Martin said. “As well, through our public donation events on June 25-26, we filled skid after skid with donated items which was incredible. Our thanks go out to the Hiway Centre Zehrs and Ayr Foodland for hosting our public donation events.”