Injured and Lost His House in Fire

48451664_1591015276644058_r.jpegMay 30, 2020 at around 4pm, my brother, Jeff MacDonald, noticed flames outside his back window, coming from his back deck.  He ran out to extinguish the fire on his own, but the high winds caused the fire to quickly spread up the back wall to his attic, essentially destroying his home.  The fire also left him with many burns to his face and body, including serious burns to his arm and back, requiring skin graft surgery, at the University of Alberta Hospital Burn Unit.

Born in Glace Bay, NS, to Michael and Sheila (King) MacDonald, Jeff is 33 years old, and grew up in Port Morien and Birch Grove, NS.  He moved to Edmonton, Alberta, when he was 19, shortly after graduating from Riverview High School.  He worked at Sobeys Warehouse for a few years, before working for Ford Motors at their Edmonton Distribution Center.  He has also been a proud member of the RCMP Edmonton Pipe Band, serving for many years as their Pipe Major.

Jeff has worked hard for everything he owns and took great pride in his home.  He always had it beautifully decorated for all occasions, especially for Christmas.  He had such a beautiful back yard with a gazebo, garden and fish pond, all while showing his Cape Breton pride, with decorations such as flags, lighthouses, and lobster traps.

Jeff has a long road of recovery ahead, not only with the physical burns and what lasting damage they may have caused, but also with the trauma and stress of all he has lost.  With the current Covid-19 threat, he has the double burden of rebuilding and healing with minimal assistance due to public health regulations.

 All donations at this time are greatly and sincerely appreciated.  I will be collecting the funds on behalf of my brother, and will be sending them all to him in whichever form he prefers.  I will also update once those funds have been sent to him.  Thank you.
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Jessica MacDonald 
Birch Grove, NS
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