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May 5, 2016 6:00 AM

Boundary Ford sales manager Sean Blanchette and Kurtis Hamel, service advisor, help load one of the cargo trailers with donations the dealership plans on shipping to Edmonton for evacuees of the Fort McMurray wild fires.

In the midst of the devastating wildfires currently wreaking havoc on Fort McMurray, the folks at Boundary Ford are collecting donations to help those being evacuated.
Anyone who wants to pitch in can go down to the Boundary Ford location on 50 Ave. and load whatever they can afford into one of the cargo trailers set up in the company’s parking lot.
“We’re accepting any donations, monetary, or whatever,” said Shelley Mabbott, administrative assistant at the dealership.
“We’re hoping to fill up a few trailers to get up to Edmonton, that’s where they’re starting to send the evacuees.”
Mabbott said the dealership hopes to fill three or four trailers with donations by Friday morning at 10 a.m., when they’ll haul them to Edmonton for the displaced residents.
Aside from money, people can bring in clothing, dry goods, toiletries, blankets, towels, toys for kids, nonperishable goods, flashlights, water and almost anything else they can think of, Mabbott said.
She added Boundary Ford staff jumped at the chance to help, with the number one reason being the new owner, Randy Westlake, lived through the 2011 wildfires that swept through Slave Lake, making him especially sympathetic to the cause.
The reasons for Boundary’s generosity extend beyond one man’s first hand experiences though, as Mabbott said everyone of the employees wanted to do something to help as quickly as possible.
“Everybody has been wanting to do something, in the middle of the night one of the salesman was thinking of something, the dealer principal wanted to get something going, so why wait? We got right on it,” Mabbott said.
“Let’s just stick together and help everybody out; a lot of people in Lloyd work up in Fort Mac, so we just want to get going and get some help up there for everyone.”

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