High River residents want to pay forward the donations and support they received after they lost everything in the flood a few years back.
Terry Lempriere and his wife Helga lost everything, including their Christmas ornaments, and they want to make sure Fort McMurray residents can have a good Christmas this year.
Lempriere says they started the charity Christmas Ornaments for Fort McMurray are want you to donate ornaments to give to Fort McMurray.
“We’ll set them all up on tables and people can come in and help themselves to what they need because that is the way it was done here and that’s the way we’re going to do it up there,” explains Lempriere. “What we’re asking for from you, Canadians, businesses and private citizens alike, is new Christmas ornaments only. We just do not have the time to sort out used or lightly used.”
He says they are looking for all types of ornaments so Fort McMurray can look like a Christmas wonderland this year.
“Christmas tinsel, lights, Christmas balls, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, wreaths, especially Christmas trees, artificial Christmas trees,” explains Lempriere. “The collection dates are October 22nd until October 30th.”
He says it meant a lot to his family to get ornaments when they lost everything and want to give that feeling to Fort Mac residents now.
“We need the help of Edmontonians, we need the help of your radio station, to get the message out because J & R Haul Transport out of Ontario has donated a 53-foot semi-trailer to move the goods donated free of charge,” explains Lempriere.
Lempriere says they also need volunteers to help with everything.
The group hopes to have all the ornaments and decorations delivered to Fort McMurray well before the holiday season begins. (twd)
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