Nova Scotia

East Coasters for Fort McMurray gets help for fire victims

Two women from Halifax say they're overwhelmed after putting a call for donations to help evacuees in Alberta.

New Brunswick men volunteer to deliver goods to Alberta

An evacuee is seen making on his way out of Fort McMurray, Alta., on Wednesday. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

Two Halifax women say they're overwhelmed with donations to help evacuees in Alberta, days after they put out a request for help. 

Aimee Redden and her friend Corinne Crowdis collected so many donations they ran out of room to store them.

"People left home with nothing and they're going back to nothing," Redden said told Maritime Connection on Sunday.

The friends are coordinating their efforts via the Facebook page East Coasters for Fort McMurray. They asked for donations last week and started collecting. They've since joined efforts with Relief Packages for Fort McMurray Wildfire Victims.

All of the aid will go to the evacuation centres in northern Alberta.

"We are collecting everyday items. We need toiletries the most right now," Crowdis said.

That includes baby wipes, diapers and other essentials people had to leave behind as they fled the fire. 

The donations came in faster than the friends expected. They soon filled up storage lockers donated by Metro Self Storage and Premier Self Storage and used the Hammonds Plains Community Centre as an extra drop-off space. 

Sunday night they opened the doors there for more donations. Redden said it's "wall to wall" with goods. They're linking to people across the Maritimes now to gather more help.

They're still collecting, with a focus on new pillows, blankets and toiletries and more volunteers to help with the sorting.

Two men from Oromocto, N.B., offered to deliver the donations to Alberta on Thursday for free.