Kamloops community helping Fort McMurray victims

By Jill Sperling
May 6, 2016 - 12:01pm Updated: May 6, 2016 - 2:58pm

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops man who has worked in Fort McMurray for the past four years is organizing a way for people like him to give back.

Mike Schill is accepting donations of both money and supplies through his Facebook page and a GoFundMe page.

Schill says the funds and goods will be earmarked for victims of the Fort McMurray fire who have a Kamloops connection.

"We've got a truck and a trailer, and we are getting donations constantly through the community. As soon as that trailer is full, we are going to be delivering it to the Fort McMurray area. Whoever is in need up there, we are going to deliver it to them," said Schill. 

Schill adds the trailer will be logoed to tell Fort Mac residents Kamloops has their back.

He notes he may have been trapped in the firestorm himself had he not broken his leg a week ago.

The injury forced him to stay at home in Kamloops.


Meantime, Car dealerships in Kamloops are stepping up to help the tens of thousands of people displaced by the devastating fire ravaging the city of Fort McMurray. 

Kamloops Ford Lincoln is among several car dealerships collecting items for those who have had to evacuate due to the fire threat. 

Donations are being collected in the back of a truck in their showroom. 

"We really wanted to pool all of our efforts together and do something that we could help out the community that's just experienced this extreme tragedy the last few days with the fires," said Kamloops Ford Lincoln marketing coordinator, Kayla Matusiak.

"We decided (to) collect any supplies, whether it be non-perishable foods, clothing, pet supplies, baby supplies; whatever it is they're really needing right now and donate it to the cause."

Dealerships will be collecting donations all month long with donations going to Edmonton Emergency Relief Services.

With images of fiery destruction still fresh in peoples' minds many are happy for any chance to help. 

To make a cash donation to the Canadian Red Cross you can click here

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