He quickly organized a community aid and resources effort. The message was posted on Facebook and Fox in FOCUS. His mission quickly spread.
“It’s close to home and we wanted to do what we could,” said Scott.
Six hours later, a 28 foot utility trailer was filled with generous donations: toys, clothes, bottled water, blankets, pots, pans and so much more. Parked outside his family home, a steady stream of vehicles stopped, arms full of bags, boxes and items to help Slave Lake families losing everything.
Friends, neighbors, businesses all came together. Several local companies came forward to generously donate fuel, trailers and a variety of items.
Two more trailers are available to be filled by the end of the day Friday. The first trailer will be delivered to the shelter in Athabasca on Wednesday.
Scott, nicknamed ‘Scott the Otter’, is collecting items such as gently used clean clothes, toothpaste, shampoos, dog food, shoes, toys – everything but food and money.
“It’s fantastic, there’s been a steady stream all day,” said his proud wife Donna.
A donation box has been set up at IGA , drop off depots are located at Flip Flop Tanning and Exit Reality.
Local Constables Mike Heysa and Brydon Shea were sent to Slave Lake the evening of May 15 to help with the efforts and evacuation. The officers took two quads, a generator, gasoline, two satellite phones and plenty of water with them, explained Sgt. McBeth.
“We sent what we could to help, in whatever way the Fox Creek detachment could. I have spoken with Cst. Heysa a few times since he’s been there and he and Brydon are doing well. They’re doing whatever is needed to help,” he said. At this time, McBeth is not sure how long the men will be away.Print This Post