British Columbia

Fort McMurray fire: B.C. woman returns and finds more donations

Steff O'Neill and her husband returned home from dropping off donations in Alberta only to find even more donations.

Steff O'Neill drove her truck full of donations to Edmonton and came back to more

Steff O'Neill and her firend Samantha Zeller sort through more donations that have come in for those who had to flee Fort McMurray. (CHEK News)

A woman from Campbell River, B.C. drove to Edmonton to drop off donations she collected here in B.C. for Fort McMurray evacuees, but when she returned home on Sunday, she found more donations waiting at her garage door.

"I was blown away. I clearly saw that my work wasn't done," said Steff O'Neill, who used to live in Fort McMurray with her husband. 

Now she is taking the donations of clothes, baby items, toiletries and non-perishable foods to families that have fled Fort McMurrary and are staying on Vancouver Island. 

She finds the families who need these items either through Facebook or mutual friends. 

"I do up a care package and bring it to them," she said, adding that in Alberta people were most appreciative of food or cash donations. 

A truck load full of goods ready for transport. (Steff O'Neill/Facebook)

Not going to stop

The Canadian Red Cross has been urging those that want to help to donate directly to them, but that won't stop O'Neill from doing her part.

"I started it and I'm not going to finish until my work is done and everyone has what they need," she said. 

Especially after she drove up to Alberta and saw the devastation. She describes the trip as heartbreaking and incredibly emotional. 

"Very, very hard to watch," she said, "It's made me very, very thankful for the home that I have."

Steff O'Neill before driving from Campbell River, B.C. to Edmonton. (Steff O'Neill)

With files from the CBC's The Early Edition and Charlie Cho


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