The River is responding to the Fort McMurray disaster in several ways. First, we would encourage all Riverites to bring items for the Food Bank this Sunday morning including toiletries, toilet paper, water, non-perishable food, etc. We will arrange a pick up by the Food Bank early next week. Second, we are encouraging all Riverites to choose one of the following options in GIVING:
1. Alberta Red Cross---the federal government has just pledged to match any funds given to the Alberta Red Cross. This will provide people affected by the fires very IMMEDIATE assistance. We would ask you to please give DIRECTLY to the Alberta Red Cross (not to The River). We would further suggest AVOIDING giving money to organizations you do not know or Facebook sites.
2. World Renew--Anticipating an enormous amount of work and expense in rebuilding the lives of the residence of Ft. McMurray, we recommend giving to World Renew (the disaster relief arm of the denomination we belong to) as a long term response to the fires. The River is currently collecting money on behalf of World Renew. You can give on-line through the River's ap, by cheque or electronically at the Stewardship Corner this Sunday at church.