With fundraisers cancelled and buildings damaged by floods, non-profits hope for more support

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By Wood Buffalo Food Bank

Many of Fort McMurray’s non-profit organizations were already struggling to keep operating as low oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic created an economic crisis.

Then the lower townsite flooded last month, damaging buildings housing more than a dozen non-profits in downtown Fort McMurray.

Staff at the Centre of Hope are working out of their vehicles after both downtown locations were forced to close. Its Marshall House location was to be used as a quarantine area for homeless people showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The Salvation Army, which was already facing financial difficulties after its Christmas Kettle Campaign came up $40,000 short, lost its thrift store and shelter in the flood. The organization is now operating out of its Thickwood location.

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