The Mustard Seed Red Deer is accepting donations for the individuals who were affected by the downtown fire on Monday. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

The Mustard Seed Red Deer rallying to help victims of downtown fire

“It’s great to see the community rally around these people because they lost everything”

The Mustard Seed is doing its part to help those affected by Monday’s fire in downtown Red Deer.

The devastating blaze, which tore through a 22-suite apartment building that was used primarily as low-income housing, has left tenants scrambling.

The Mustard Seed’s executive director for central Alberta, Byron Bradley, said as soon as they learned about the fire, his organization was ready to step up.

“It’s very important. We want to care for our most vulnerable citizens. So when we heard of the fire, we were saddened, but very glad that no one was injured,” said Bradley, adding they’re working with the City of Red Deer to help co-ordinate funds and donated items for those who were displaced.

“Then we started seeing an outpouring of people wanting to help in the community, and we just wanted to be one option for drop off.”

We were very sad to hear this news in Red Deer. 💔

We are NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS for these individuals who have lost…

Posted by The Mustard Seed on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Bradley wasn’t sure how much has been raised so far, but said everything is welcome to help those folks who were impacted. From big to small, every little bit will help.

“They need everything from basic needs – toiletry items, socks and underwear, to finances to buy some important things. We offered to help get ID for the people,” he said.

“Whatever we can do, we just want to collaborate with other folks in town who are offering to help and see if we can care for them.

“It’s great to see the community come around. We’ve had people coming dropping off goods and a few cash donations … it’s great to see the community rally around these people, because they lost everything.” Bradley said, adding he heard of a $1,000 donation being given.

Those wanting to help can drop off items or a cash donation at the Mustard Seed at 6002 54th Ave.

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