N.S. children hold ice cream stand to raise money for Fort McMurray
Three children in Elmsdale, N.S., were doing their part over the weekend to help those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray.
"The kids were watching the news and the media, and they got super touched by it knowing that they had known people in Fort McMurray," said mother Rhoda Arnold.
The kids raised over $500 on Saturday alone.
"We felt really bad for Fort McMurray because they had to go through a really big fire, and they had to move," said one young volunteer.
The ice cream stand attracted the attention of Calgary resident Carla Freund, who is visiting the Maritimes.
“All the Maritimers have been very, very kind,” said Freund. “I'm so glad I'm here right now and watching what the rest of Canada is doing"
In less than a week, Canadians have raised over $46 million for the displaced residents of northern Alberta.
Denis Cormier has spoken to countless residents when they call the Canadian Red Cross to register.
"We've received hundreds of calls here at the centre and for some of them, you can feel the situation they're facing,” said Cormier. “We've had some who, while we were on the phone with them they were getting the news that their house was gone and they'd lost everything."
So far, 32,000 people have registered with the Red Cross, less than half of the total number of people who fled the Fort McMurray area.
Bill Lawlor with the Red Cross says assistance can only be provided to people who have registered.
"Because some of them literally left their home in a hurry with only the clothes on their back,” said Lawlor. “So they may have a place to stay in terms of a roof over their head, but they are going to require some immediate assistance."
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Mike Cameron.