The effort to help Fort McMurray residents rebuild their homes and community received a colourful boost from Co-op Tuesday.
Federated Co-operatives Limited donated 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt.
The donation was made at the Saskatoon Co-op Home Centre on Circle Drive.
To celebrate the donation, representatives from FCL, Saskatoon Co-op and the mayor of Saskatoon began painting a mural and writing messages of encouragement to Fort McMurray.
Saskatoon residents are being invited to help paint the mural and send their own messages throughout the week.
The mural and messages will be applied to the semi trailer that delivers the paint donation.
The semi trailer will also make stops at Co-op home centres in North Battleford, Sask., Stony Plain, Alta. and St. Paul, Alta., this summer.
Residents of those communities will be able to complete the painting and send messages from their communities to Fort McMurray.
This is the first donation made from the new Co-op Communities in Full Colour program. Through this program, more than $400,000 worth of Co-op Imagine paint will be donated annually to community projects.