Christmas arrives early in Wood Buffalo at “Christmas for Fort McMurray”

The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) is pleased to announce Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park will act as the distribution centre for the “Christmas for Fort McMurray” initiative, which was developed to deliver donated Christmas décor to residents of the region most impacted by the wildfire in May.

“Christmas for Fort McMurray” was created by Helga and Terry Lempriere of High River, Alberta. Inspired by their own experience after the floods in High River and the subsequent donation they received of Christmas décor, the Lemprieres have organized an effort to collect donations of new Christmas décor to be delivered and distributed in Fort McMurray.

Through a partnership with the RRC and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Lemprieres,  along with several national, provincial and local sponsors, will deliver and distribute these decorations to members of the Wood Buffalo community most in need.

Members of the Wood Buffalo community are invited to select Christmas décor from the donations at a temporary distribution centre located at MacDonald Island Park. The distribution schedule is as follows:

Christmas for Fort McMurray

Location: Diamond Ballroom, Baseball Stadium at Shell Place             

  • Wednesday November 2, 2016 – 3:00 pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursday November 3, 2016 – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday November 4, 2016 – 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

As donation quantities are limited, those wishing to participate in receiving décor will be asked to complete a short intake form to ensure the donations are received by those most in need in the Wood Buffalo region.

The Christmas for Fort McMurray founders Terry and Helga Lempriere, the RRC and the RMWB extend their gratitude to the following partners for their generous support of this initiative:

  • Aluma Systems
  • Billboard Direct
  • Canadian Tire
  • Canadian Natural Resources
  • Don Scott McMurray Law Office
  • First Alliance Church
  • Fort City Church
  • Freshly Pressed
  • Hauser Home Hardware Building Centre
  • Highwood Printing
  • J&R Hall Transport
  • ONE Transport
  • RONA
  • Save-On-Foods
  • Shaw Communications
  • Starbucks
  • Tegra Structures
  • Vertical Building Solutions

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