British Columbians offering help to Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees

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With more than 60,000 people displaced from their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, it seems B.C. residents are stepping up to the plate and offering help any way they can.

Messages offering support and lodging have been flooding a Facebook page designed to connect evacuees with safe havens, and people from Squamish, Vancouver, and other B.C. locales have come to the rescue among a strongly Albertan crowd.

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“I’m in Squamish, BC. I hope you find somewhere to stay before you drive this far but if you don’t then you are welcome here. Room for a small family, clothes for babies and toddlers and adults. Can take pets too,” reads one woman’s offer.

“We have a basement suite in our home with a queen bed and can fit a single toddlers bed beside it and room for a dog or a cat too. Temp housing for a few days if needed,” reads another, who then provided her email address.

A B.C. resident even offered up her empty two bedroom town home in Calgary.

The Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page has garnered more than 22,000 likes, with people offering everything from shelter, to clothes, to pet and childcare. In a pinned post at the top of the page, evacuees are encouraged to message those who have offered help.

Several neighbourhoods have already been consumed by the wildfires that continue to rage. All residents of the town are currently under an evacuation notice.

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