LANTZ: Shelby Fraser’s plea for help for those impacted by the wildfires in Fort McMurray comes straight from the heart.
The recent graduate from high school has family members who called the town caught in a wildfire that has seen 88,000 of residents evacuated home. The conflagration has levelled most homes in the Fort McMurray area, covering 200,000 hectares in size as of May 8.
Fraser, who is originally from New Glasgow but now calls Enfield home, is heading up an East Hants location for the volunteer group known as “Relief Packages for Fort McMurray Wildfire Victims- Atlantic Canada.”
She was busy on a hot, almost summer-like day May 8 inside the East Hants Sportsplex sorting through the mass amounts of clothing dropped off by residents who had heard about what she was doing through posts on Facebook sites, like East Hants Wants To Know.
“I have family up there, so to be able to help other people in their situation is all the motivation I really need,” said Fraser in an interview May 8 with The Weekly Press.
Fraser, sitting amongst about 20-30 bags, some mostly full, of clothes, said seeing the fires in Fort McMurray raging has been tough for her, but she’s kept her mind off it by keeping busy.
She said the response has been overwhelming. Having a step-dad who used to work there; cousins; uncles who live there, have left the impact close to home for her.
“It’s been good, it’s a lot more than I thought,” she said. “It’s only our second day and within minutes of starting today there was a big truckload of clothes come in and be dropped off.
“It’s very emotional. It’s good to see and know...