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Providence employees contribute to Fort McMurray relief
Providence employees contributed $6,890 to Fort McMurray relief this spring and summer through payroll donations and a matched, institutional gift.
All moneys raised supported The Salvation Army’s humanitarian work in the northeast Alberta city, which was devastated by wildfire following the declaration of a state of emergency on May 1.
“The kindness and generosity of your employees and donors to The Salvation Army’s relief and recovery work in Fort McMurray is very much appreciated,” read a letter from the organization, addressed to Providence President Dr. David Johnson. “Thanks to generous supporters, like Providence employees and donors, the Army will be able to help those affected by the fires to re-establish their lives.”
Phased re-entry of the city’s evacuated residents began in June, and The Salvation Army’s efforts, in the forms of counselling, emotional and spiritual care, are ongoing.
“I would like to thank all the staff, faculty and Board members who gave so generously to the needs of Fort McMurray residents,” remarked Gary Schellenberg, Director of Institutional Services at Providence. “Their contributions indicated concern and care for those experiencing great loss, and were, no doubt, a measure of comfort to those having lost everything.”


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