OTTAWA, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to
announce that eight banks in Ontario are accepting cash donations in
support of the Red Cross response to floods in Thunder Bay. Flooding
has affected more than 1,500 families in the city.
"Thanks to the help of these banks, Ontarians now have another easy way
to contribute to Red Cross relief efforts in Thunder Bay," says Conrad
Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. "We are
grateful to the participating banks for their continued support of Red
Cross relief efforts to crises in Canada and abroad."
The Red Cross response to this disaster was immediate. Highly trained
disaster management volunteers rapidly mobilized across the region, and
additional volunteers have now arrived from across Canada to support
the needs of vulnerable communities. The Red Cross has already assessed
more than 500 flood-affected homes, including 100 of the most
vulnerable households in the city's hard-hit east end.
The Red Cross has established a shelter and reception centre, where
affected residents can access information, food, water, supplies and
shelter as needed. Working in close co-operation with the City, the Red
Cross is providing families in need with up to 1,000 comfort kits,
which include personal hygiene and baby supplies, as well as providing
up to 2,000 families with supplies to clean up their flood-affected
Canadians wishing to make a financial donation may give online at www.redcross.ca, call 1-800-418-1111, or visit their local Canadian Red Cross office or
one of the participating banks in Ontario. Cheques should be made
payable to the Canadian Red Cross and earmarked "Thunder Bay Flood".
Donations will be used to support families' immediate needs and
long-term recovery from this disaster.
The following banks are accepting donations from June 6 to July 6, in
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 187 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