Sometimes, it takes a tragedy for people to show their true colours. Luckily, in Alberta, that means helping those in need.
Last week, we witnessed tragedy unfold in northern Alberta, causing the evacuation of nearly 90000 people from Fort McMurray and surrounding area. Given such a large migration of people, only two lost their lives fleeing the flames. The situation was very grim, but could have been infinitely worse had it not been for the cooperation of citizens and the emergency response personnel involved. The fire in Fort Mac is a prime example of how Albertans care for each other. There have been countless stories of generosity - from a business offering free food or items, to people opening their doors and welcoming strangers into their homes. It's just what we do.
But, we're far from out of the woods yet.
In response to this tragedy, some amazing local groups and businesses have rallied together in Brooks to hold a special event - Giving Back to Fort Mac. This is going to be huge - live entertainment, food, vendors, all sorts of ways to help those affected by the fire. If you're in or near Brooks, AB on Saturday, May 14, please consider coming to the Centennial Regional Arena to show your support. We'll be onsite covering the event, and hope to see you there!