How to Help Fort McMurray

May 5, 2016

Michael Chong encourages Canadians to give generously to the Canadian Red Cross

OTTAWA – Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, voiced his support for Canadians in Fort McMurray affected by the devastating wildfires. The Fort McMurray wildfires have resulted in one of the biggest emergency evacuations in Canadian history.

Fort McMurray has been placed under a mandatory evacuation order. An estimated 1,600 buildings and homes have been damaged and 80,000 residents have been affected or displaced. The number one priority continues to be public safety, and residents are encouraged to follow the direction of emergency officials.

Tens of thousands of local residents are without homes and personal possessions. The Canadian Red Cross is offering emergency support to those affected, including blankets, cots and hygiene kits. Canadians are encouraged to support the Canadian Red Cross’ relief efforts in Fort McMurray by donating online at

Chong encouraged residents in Wellington-Halton Hills to support their fellow Canadians in this time of need by giving generously to the Canadian Red Cross. He said, “The single, best way to help your fellow Canadian in Fort McMurray is to give to the Canadian Red Cross.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Fort McMurray during this very difficult time,” said Chong. “The Government of Canada, and all Canadians, will continue to stand by our fellow citizens in Fort McMurray as they recover and rebuild from this terrible tragedy.” Chong added, “Our thoughts are also with the firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel who are working tirelessly to save lives, homes and businesses.”

For updates on the status of the wildfires, visit

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