The town of Stony Plain is pulling out all the stops to help out temporary foreign workers who were left homeless after a massive apartment fire.

"Almost everything we lost," said Rema Basa, who, along with her husband and three children, is now living in a motel filled with boxes of donated clothes.

With no family here to help them pick up the pieces , the ordeal has been one of the toughest in their lives, but one that could have been worse if not for the people of Stony Plain, Basa said.

"Maybe they knew that we really need more than the residents of Canada because we don't have family here. They also give us special treatment. I can feel that."

About 80 residents, many who are temporary foreign workers, were displaced after fire destroyed the 36-unit apartment building earlier this month. 

The 19 foreign workers, some who have lost passports and immigration documents, and five children are now trying to piece their lives back together.

"It was sad to hear what happened and we just want to help however we can," said Mark Ottenreit, helping sort through huge garbage bags of donated clothing dropped off at the curling rink.

Basa is permitted to work in Canada through next year, but she said the support her family's getting makes them want to stay here for good.

Money from a trust fund is helping those residents without insurance stay in hotels, but only untill the end of the month

With files from CBC's Gareth Hampshire