OTTAWA, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross is providing
assistance following a devastating fire that destroyed a 22 unit
townhouse complex in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on February 26, 2012. Canadian
Red Cross volunteers are working with local authorities to help 21
families impacted by the fire. Relief supplies have been sent to the
community and the Red Cross will accept financial donations in support
of relief and recovery efforts in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
"We are working with the families who lost their homes, Arctic College,
the City of Iqaluit, and the community to ensure that everyone receives
the support they need as they work through this traumatic event," says
Patricia Fuller, response team leader for the Canadian Red Cross.
"Blankets, bedding and personal hygiene items have been brought in and
we are currently distributing these along with food and clothing
Canadian Red Cross volunteers in Ottawa worked into the night on Monday
to ensure that much needed supplies were gathered, packed and ready to
ship by Tuesday morning. A flight, provided by First Air, transported
relief goods along with a trained Red Cross disaster response volunteer
"There are many children among the families who were forced from their
homes, so we have also brought in some supplies specifically for them,"
says Fuller. "The stuffed toys, colouring books and crayons will
hopefully provide a little comfort as the families begin to rebuild
Financial donations may be made online at www.redcross.ca/iqaluitfire2012 , by calling 1-800-418-1111 or through your local Canadian Red Cross
office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross,
earmarked "Iqaluit Fire", and can also be mailed to Canadian Red Cross,
170 Metcalfe, Suite 300, Ottawa ON K2P 2P2.
The Canadian Red Cross does not accept donations of goods. Financial
donations provide the most flexibility to ensure that specific
assistance can be provided to match the needs of those impacted by
disaster. Should received donations exceed the needs of those impacted
by the fire in Iqaluit, Canadian Red Cross will utilize funds for our
ongoing disaster response work.
SOURCE CANADIAN RED CROSS
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview:
Canadian Red Cross
1-800-661-9055 ext. 3504 (office) or 250-686-3755 (cell)