Fort McMurray evacuees take refuge in Malakwa

Family grateful for support received in the Shuswap.

Michael and Amanda Mack, who fled the fires in Fort McMurray with their six-month-old baby to live with Michael’s parents in Malakwa, say they received plenty of help and support along the way.

The Macks fled Fort McMurray at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. That evening they received confirmation their house, in the Waterways neighbourhood had burned.

After regrouping in Anzac, Alta., south of Fort McMurray, with extended family also fleeing the fire, the Macks proceeded to the Lac La Biche evacuation centre where they received assistance, including two nights of free accommodation at a campground in the area and an opportunity to start their claims with their insurance company, who cut them a cheque on the spot to help cover the cost of evacuation.

When asked what donated items were needed most by those evacuating Fort McMurray,  Amanda replied, “For us it was definitely the diapers and the clothes for the baby. The toiletries and the bedding were amazing and the towels were amazing to receive. Something like a nice warm shower with a clean towel is a small blessing.”

The help didn’t end when the Macks reached the Shuswap, where they received donations of cash from friends of Michael’s parents and other citizens of Malakwa.

When shopping at the Walmart in Salmon Arm, Amanda said the fashion department manager offered to buy the pants she was trying on for her and then another Fort McMurray evacuee whose house was still intact paid  their entire bill.

Amanda also said they were given discounts of 75 per cent at the Bootlegger location in the mall and 20 per cent at Sport Check and Marks Work Warehouse.

“Help has definitely been plentiful along the way,” Amanda said.

 

Just Posted

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Merry lottery win for Shuswap man

Five-dollar scratch ticket a $100,000 winner for Sicamous resident

Legion bell prank hits sour note

Anger erupts after Summerland Legion member removes bell from Peachland Legion

Former optician guilty of assaulting minor

Sex offence took place in Salmon Arm more than 25 years ago

Kelowna Parkinson’s SuperWalk team donates to local shelter

Good Vibrations donated $300 to Inn from the Cold

Crook’s Corner

A slice of this week’s arts and entertainment happenings in the North Okanagan at a glance

Feds agree to give provinces 75 per cent of pot tax revenues

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the agreement today

Shuswap student entrepreneurs donate profits

Youth start their own businesses, learn about charitable giving

Red Scorpion associates cuffed in drug-trafficking bust

Kamloops RCMP lay charges in connection to Red Scorpion drug trafficking ring

Woman sought in Kamloops stabbing

Kamloops RCMP are looking for the woman they believed stabbed a man on Sunday

Emergency response ‘well executed’ in B.C. carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency Health Services talks about how first responders dealt with this ‘mass casualty event’

Update: Dog inside stolen vehicle in Oliver reunited with owner

A black Honda CRV was stolen from the Oliver Chevron early Sunday morning

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Most Read