I am sure everyone has seen this on the news, on social media, maybe are living through it right now, but I just wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention! We are originally from Alberta (born and raised this girl), Not as far north as Fort McMurray (though Ken did go up there for work a few times). We are VERY lucky that our friends and family are all situated further south… however what is going on up in Alberta is devastating. An entire city has been evacuated due to out of control forest fires in a province that is basically a tinder box. Alberta has been declared to be in a state of emergency and people from nearby and far afield are running to the rescue.
I am very grateful to all the people who have talked to me about this, checked in to see if I knew where everyone was and if they were ok. They are! And are already mobilizing to help out. 88’000 people are displaced, land and property destroyed… but there have been no fire related injuries beyond a sprained ankle… I would link tons and tons here but what I feel is really said well by Rex Murphy on the National and the video below.
If home is where the heart is mine is firmly in Wild Rose Country right now. If you want to help donations of money are best. You can read all about that HERE thanks to a multiple time shared post from Edward Mcintyre. If you want to donate financially I am linking the Canadian Red Cross link HERE. Just click on ALBERTA FIRES APPEAL when you do so. They are already doing so much for everyone up there.
It is times like these that I feel the furthest away from my loved ones. So hug each other close for me. I love you all and am with you in spirit. Please keep us up to date on how you are doing and know we are here as best we can be.