Residents who fled wildfires and evacuated their Canadian town are getting help from some people who know what it means to leave their homes — Syrian refugees.
"When we came here, the Canadian people, the society, helped us a lot. So we want to say thank you. Now it's our duty; it's our turn," one of the refugees said.
All 88,000 people had to leave Fort McMurray in Alberta earlier this week because of the fire. Officials have since declared a state of emergency and as of Friday morning listed fire conditions as "extreme."
And that's where Syrian refugees have started a donation drive through a local refugee support group.
One of the founders of the group said, "If every Syrian family even donates $5, we can pull all the money together and come buy just simply hygiene items at least."
Local media reports the group expects to raise about $500 to $1,000 to fill hampers full of toiletries.
Since last November, Calgary has taken in more than 1,400 Syrian refugees.