May 6, 2016 7:05 pm

Pincher Creek Legion looking to help Fort McMurray evacuees

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Aid for Fort McMurray fire evacuees has come in from across the country, including in southern Alberta.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 out of Pincher Creek is also doing its part to help. The organization is working towards packing a 16 metre trailer with goods for those in need.

“We’re always out to help, that’s part of the legions credo. Helping the people that need it,” the Pincher Creek Legion’s Bill Mcleod said.

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With donations from the public, the Legion hopes to have the trailer ready to go by the May 13 at the latest.

“I just want to do anything that I can to help,” Legion member Gordon Mcmullen said. “My heart goes out to all of them. I know what the feeling is like.”

The destruction seen in Fort McMurray is impossible for many to relate with. But Gordon Mcmullen knows the feeling all too well.

“You can’t explain it,” Mcmullen said. “You stand there and watch everything that you own go up in flames.”

While helping a friend move in September of 2015, Mcmullen’s house caught fire and was lost in the flames. After receiving support from the community, he’s been able to rebuild his life.

Mcmullen said he hasn’t forgotten the support he received at that time and is looking to do anything he can to help others now. He and other  Legion members hope to make a difference by sending a packed trailer to those in need.

“To see it go out full would really be a joy,” Pincher Creek Legion Service Officer Lorne Pultz, said. “Then we’ve done our job and we’ve done something that we enjoy doing.”

If you’d like to donate goods towards the Pincher Creek Legion’s efforts, you can call their branch at 403-627-4024.

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