Samaritan's Purse is providing help and hope to those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray.

ABOVE: These easy-to-spot volunteers have been on the ground in Fort McMurray ever since the evacuation order was lifted on June 1. They are helping returning residents with a variety of cleanup tasks, while sharing the love of Jesus

Residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta were forced out of their homes on May 3, as the entire city was evacuated due to a massive wildfire. The blaze caused massive destruction, with over 2,400 buildings destroyed. Since this disaster began, Samaritan’s Purse has been mobilizing staff and volunteers to serve those affected.

The evacuation order was lifted June 1, and our responders have been in “Fort Mac” continuously since then. We are set up at a local church and working with pastors, their congregations, and other residents who want to be involved in the clean-up and restoration of the city.

Thanks to donations from Canadians like you, we have 14 staff and two specially equipped Disaster Relief Units—transport trucks filled with a wide variety of emergency equipment including electrical generators, power tools, wheelbarrows, shovels, and personal protective equipment. We also have eight pick-up trucks, bobcats, a mobile warehouse of tools, and a shower unit to enable staff and volunteers to clean up after long days of dirty, tiring work.

We are helping returning residents in many ways. For residents whose homes have burned down completely, our responders don protective gear and enter the property in search of salvageable items. Some homes were unscathed by the flames, but need to have contaminated fridges removed. Regardless of our acts of service, we come not just to help with tasks, but to share the love of Jesus. 


Sheri, a Fort McMurray resident, and Kurtis, a Samaritan’s Purse volunteer, share their experiences of coming back to Fort McMurray to dig through the ashes of burnt-out homes in search of items to salvage.

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Please pray that the Lord would comfort and strengthen victims of disaster, domestically and worldwide. Also lift up our Disaster Relief team; may they respond wisely and efficiently when disaster strikes, so that countless people may receive help in Jesus’ Name.


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