Abbotsford man instrumental in Fort McMurray donation

Wayne Goodwin is described as 'kind and decent'

Abbotsford's Wayne Goodwin is pictured en route to deliver items to Alberta for victims of the Fort McMurray fire.

An Abbotsford resident and business owner has been instrumental in assisting with a donation drive to help victims of the Fort McMurray fire.

Wayne Goodwin of Goodwin’s Greenhouses and his fiance Jennie Wild immediately offered their support when a drive was organized at Agassiz Speedway by volunteers, including Leslie McKellar of Cloverdale.

McKellar said Goodwin, who sponsors races at the track, provided his business as a location to store the donated goods, which were collected at the speedway earlier this month.

He also organized an assembly line of volunteers to inspect the donated goods and box and categorize them.

McKellar said Goodwin also donated a trailer, which was filled with the collected items to drive to Redwater, Alta. –  a town located about 50 kilometres north of Edmonton which is providing evacuee assistance – and paid for the gas for the trip.

Goodwin cancelled the insurance on one of his work vans and had it insured to cover two girls who had held a drive to collect grad attire and wedding gowns for those displaced by the fire.

The girls were then able to deliver the items to Alberta, and Goodwin also delivered some of the formal wear himself because the girls had already filled the van with donated gowns.

He installed custom-made steel rods in both the trailer and the van so the garments would not get crushed.

Goodwin also organized businesses to donate goods for the cause, customized a flat-bed trailer in case a second vehicle was needed to deliver the items and supplied a catering truck to feed the volunteers involved in the trip.

McKellar referred to Goodwin as a “kind and decent man.”

“He is extremely humble and just a truly decent person, always offering a hand to everyone,” she said.

Another donation drive for Fort McMurray relief efforts takes place at Agassiz Speedway this Saturday, May 28.

Visit “Supporting the Fort McMurray Evacuees” on Facebook for more information or call 604-575-8355 or 604-671-7945.

A trailer with the items will leave from Cloverdale to Alberta on Tuesday.

 

 

Just Posted

Seabird Island opens 50th annual festival

The weekend festival will see First Nations teams compete in soccer, three-pitch and canoe races

LETTER: Agassiz’s amazing new pump station

Edward Monro talks about Hammersley Pump, but also the need for driver support on Mount Woodside

LETTER: E-Comm makes connections for ambulance

E-Comm’s executive director explains why ambulances aren’t in their jurisidiction

Agassiz study to look at drone use for pesticide application

The study will be the first in Canada to use drones to apply pesticides to farm fields

Lofty plans for Chilliwack school district revealed

Chilliwack school district draws up plan to add 2,900 student seats in five years

VIDEO: Powwow shares culture at Seabird Island Festival

The 50th anniversary of the festival saw its first powwow

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

UPDATE: Surrey RCMP say boy, 11, missing for two days found safe

Dominic Mattie was last seen at 5 p.m. in the 13500-block of Gateway Drive in Surrey

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Most Read