It was a year ago this week that we learned what it meant to be Alberta strong.
As the Fort McMurray wildfire forced residents to flee, Albertans opened their wallets and their hearts and their homes to strangers.
One person wrote, “We have two bedrooms available for a small family, children, babies, expectant mothers and pets welcome.”
Another said, “We would rather see children relax in the comfort of a home.”
Another letter offering help said, “You owe us nothing, your sanity and welfare are all we care about.”
There were spaces made available for RVs or tents.
Restaurants of every flavor offered free meals, volunteers gave their time, and you donated countless bottles of water and food and places for dogs and cats and even horses.
One listener said at the time, “Charity should involve looking the recipient in the eye; their gratitude will make you want to give all you have.”
On the front lines, first responders gave their all.
One listener wrote to ask if there were any provisions for able bodied people to help with the firefighting.
Yes, we are Alberta strong.
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