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Mon May 30, 2016, 01:10 AM

I just felt like I needed to: North Carolina man drives to Edmonton to help fire evacuees

When Jim McGrath heard about the Fort McMurray wildfire, he knew he wanted to do help but what he ended up doing is quite unique.

McGrath hails from near Raleigh, North Carolina. He jumped into his car and drove across the United States and north to Edmonton to volunteer.

I just felt like I needed to, he said when asked why he travelled about 4,000 kilometres.

McGrath has no connection to the Fort McMurray fire. He has no friends or family in Edmonton or the rest of the province and has only been to Canada a handful of times.


More (Includes video): http://globalnews.ca/news/2728672/i-just-felt-like-i-needed-to-north-carolina-man-drives-to-edmonton-to-help-fire-evacuees/



He arrived in Edmonton last Wednesday and immediately went to work his first volunteer shift.
Julia Wong/Global News

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Reply I just felt like I needed to: North Carolina man drives to Edmonton to help fire evacuees (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 May 2016 OP
laundry_queen May 2016 #1
Rhiannon12866 May 2016 #2
Sherman A1 May 2016 #3
Rhiannon12866 May 2016 #4
Sherman A1 May 2016 #5
Rhiannon12866 May 2016 #6
Cooley Hurd May 2016 #7
Rhiannon12866 May 2016 #8
mmonk May 2016 #9
Rhiannon12866 May 2016 #10
treestar May 2016 #11
Rhiannon12866 May 2016 #12

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 01:53 AM

1. Just saw this on TV

On local news here in Edmonton. Pretty amazing what he's doing. I know they were really hurting for volunteers too, so I'm sure his help is appreciated.

Love this quote: Were all in it together. Its called the human race. It helps just to help each other. Just get involved, do good deeds and the rest will take care of itself." That's a great POV to have.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #1)

Mon May 30, 2016, 02:00 AM

2. I totally agree, loved this article and what this guy is doing, too.

I've been following news of this horrific fire and what this man had to say and what he's doing actually choked me up - and I just had to post it. Thanks!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 04:25 AM

3. K&R!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Mon May 30, 2016, 04:37 AM

4. Thanks!

I thought some good news might be nice - for a change.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #4)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:17 AM

5. It most certainly is nice to see

some positive news. I have all but turned off the TV news for anything beyond the weather and even that has become pretty much and "alarmist" rendition of what it needs to be.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #5)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:23 AM

6. I know what you mean and the weather isn't even good news around here

Lightning and thunderstorms all day today, some places nearby even lost power. I make a stab at the news when I first turn on the TV, but all it takes is a glimpse of Trump and I immediately change the channel!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 06:53 AM

7. Good for him!!!

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #7)

Mon May 30, 2016, 07:04 AM

8. I was so impressed by this story

We need more people who feel as this man does, here's hoping that promoting this story in the media will inspire others.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 08:38 AM

9. Think how much better the world would be if everyone had that attitude.

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Response to mmonk (Reply #9)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:12 PM

10. Maybe by publicizing this story, this kind of attitude will catch on

We sure could use more good news these days.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 05:38 PM

11. wow that was nice

and he is only 57, so it's not likely he is retired, which I was thinking necessary to be able to have time to do such a thing.

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Response to treestar (Reply #11)

Tue May 31, 2016, 03:46 AM

12. I agree!

A lot of people sympathize with those in the path of disasters, but this man just picked up and acted on it, thought this was such a positive story that I had to share it...

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