On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in the history of the state of Alberta. The fire continues to spread across northeast Alberta, and has impacted Canada’s oil sand operations. The wildfire may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history
Young monks at the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society in Little Sands, P.E.I. are doing a lot of extra baking to help the relief effort in Fort McMurray.
They are baking 2,000 bread rolls each week until May 30. That’s in addition to the rolls they already bake every week to help food banks on the Island.
The Fort Mac rolls will sell for $1 each and the institute will match each sale by $1, with all the proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross.
The executive secretary of the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society, Geoffrey Yang, said the monks felt moved to help.
“They feel really privileged to be able to be contributing and to dedicate their efforts,” said Yang.
“They feel the need and they feel sad about the events, and so many people are impacted and so much property has been lost.”