By Trevor Busch
A fundraiser sponsored by the Town of Taber and the Taber Fire Department has raised more than $11,500 in support of victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire disaster.
On May 10, the department held a “boot drive” to raise donations for the Red Cross in support of Fort McMurray from 6 to 9 p.m. which accepted cash or cheque donations from citizens to “help fill their boots” at a number of locations within Taber.
Locations included the four-way stop at 50th Street and 50th Avenue, the Walmart parking lot, the four-way stop at 50th Avenue and 54th Street, and the Co-op parking lot along Highway 3.
“The Taber Fire Department is definitely there to support any of the evacuees and the residents that have lost their homes, and we will continue to support in any way or form,” said fire chief Steve Munshaw.
The entire total will be donated to the Red Cross, where it will be matched dollar for dollar to help the efforts in Fort McMurray.
Calls placed to Mayor Henk DeVlieger for comment on the results of the town fundraiser were not returned.