The people of Slave Lake, Alberta lost nearly 40 per cent of their town when a massive forest fire tore through the region one month ago yesterday. Seven thousand people fled the town, as the fire destroyed hundreds of homes. In some parts of town, life is starting to return to normal. Some businesses have reopened. The town hall is starting to be rebuilt and some residents can start rebuilding their houses next month.
The fire also destroyed the government centre and the new public library, which had just opened its doors the year before. The town of Slave Lake has been collecting books and other material donations from libraries, bookstores, publishers, and other library-oriented organizations, but in order to re-build the space, the town needs money.
If you're able, you can make a monetary donation here.