WINNIPEG — Winnipeggers looking for lunch downtown are also able to help out the people of Fort McMurray.
Food trucks along Broadway are taking a dollar from every special or meal sold during the lunch hour Monday and sending it over to the Canadian Red Cross to help the relief efforts.
Food truck owners said it’s the least they can do for fellow Canadians who have lost almost everything in the fires that have destroyed much of Fort McMurray over the last week.
“It doesn’t matter who it is. It’s a huge problem there and we’re trying to help out in any way we can,” said Habanero Sombrero food truck owner Mark Langtry.
Tot Wheels food truck owner, Scott Moffat, adds, “We all want to be together, we’ve got to help each other. That’s what being Canadian is all about: do what we can.”
Josh Sleigh lives in Winnipeg and has joined in the fundraising efforts after seeing first hand what the Fort McMurray fire has done to friends living there. He was working there when he had to quickly join the convoy rushing out of the town as the fire ripped through. Once he made it back to Winnipeg he decided he needed to do something to help. That’s where his hard hat stickers idea came from.
“They’re only two dollar stickers and the money is huge, and in four days we’ve already raised $3,200 out of our sales and the government is matching that,” said Sleigh.
Every dollar made from the hard hat stickers will go to the Canadian Red Cross, who said $60 million has been raised in disaster relief for Fort McMurray.