Alberta & Northern Territories Division


Merry Christmas to All in Fort McMurray


Santa hats, Christmas trees, and holiday decorations in July? The Salvation Army of Fort McMurray kicked off a unique week of fundraising and public awareness with Melissa Blake, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, officially proclaiming July 13-19, 2015 “Christmas in July.” Events throughout the week included barbecues, a lunch and bake sale, a volunteer appreciation evening, Christmas Kettle collections at retail locations, and a traditional Christmas dinner with silent and live auction. The celebrations raised $41,575 for Fort McMurray's Community & Family Services (CFS).

“The Salvation Army and Christmas are synonymous,” said Dianne Rice, Family Services Coordinator. “We took that tradition and brought it out in July to remind everyone that there is need in our community 365 days a year, especially with the downturn in the economy impacting so many individuals and families in the Fort McMurray area.”

“Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in Christmas in July,” added Joan Nobles, Program Manager, “And thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event a success. Our Christmas banquet was sold out and the support we received throughout the week was just outstanding.”

In 2014, Fort McMurray CFS provided service to 5000 individuals by assisting with rent and utility arrears, security deposits, clothing, school fees, work boots, employment safety courses, and medical appointments and prescriptions.




I know a family that is unable to have christmas this year for their 2 little boys and am wondering who I can contact in regards to possibly getting them a little help with a christmas hamper if you offer this type of thing. I have found a tree for them and decorations but I am in the same situation but someone graciously put my name in for santas anonymous and I would like to see this family have something for christmas as well. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please help…


Hi Sarah,

Thanks for contacting us. In Edmonton, you can call our Community & Family Services at 780-424-9222 for Christmas assistance. If your friend is in another city, please visit our Christmas page for a listing of services available by city.


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