Banks in Canada accepting donations for Red Cross Alberta Fires response

OTTAWA, May 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to announce that eight banks in Canada are accepting cash donations in support of Red Cross relief efforts in Alberta. Approximately 10,000 people have been forced from their homes due to wildfires and the situation continues to unfold.

"Canadian Red Cross volunteers in Alberta responded immediately to support affected communities," says Ange Sawh, director of the Canadian Red Cross disaster management team in Western Canada. "Canadians are always generous when disaster strikes and participating banks offer an easy and convenient way for Canadians to support our work."

Financial donations to the Canadian Red Cross will help support families in their recovery. The Canadian Red Cross plays a vital role during recovery by supporting specific vulnerabilities that require help right away and aid for families who need support beyond insurance and provincial disaster assistance. This may include household repair and clean-up materials, replacement items for children such as cribs, occupational and transportation support and replacement of essential health items.

Canadians can give online, call toll-free at 1-800-418-1111 or visit their local Red Cross office or one of the participating bank branches. Cheques should be earmarked "Alberta Fires".

The following banks are accepting financial donations from May 20 to June 20, 2011:

BMO Financial Group
Canadian Western Bank
CIBC
HSBC Bank Canada
National Bank Financial Group
RBC
Scotiabank
TD Canada Trust

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 185 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

SOURCE CANADIAN RED CROSS

For further information:

Canadian Red Cross Media Line
(613) 740-1994

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