A group has started a fundraiser to help a Fernie family whose home was destroyed on Christmas eve.
Deluca, who has lived in the Elk Valley for the past two and a half decades, says they have a motto within the committee “no local is left behind”.
So after they learned of the horrific incident Sunday, she explains they simply put out a so-called “Call To Action” on their committee’s Facebook page.
The group was quickly flooded with messages from people wanting donate and show their love for the victims.
Deluca believes the home owners lost everything in the blaze and they’re accepting anything from gift cards, cash to brand new house-hold-items.
The incident was just days after Fernie unveiled their new NHL-sized outdoor ice rink that was gifted by the Calgary Flames Foundation and brought to life through dozens of volunteer hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations from residents and business.
This was the community coming together after the tragedy at the Memorial Arena in October that killed three men and has left Fernie without its community arena for the 2017/2018 season.
Deluca believes the charitable attitude of the community is captured in former Mayor Evelyn Cutts’ mantra “Fernie, it’s the people”.
For more information on how to donate go here.
– Resident Rhoda Deluca
(Main photo courtesy of Fernie Fire Department)