TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross is mobilizing to
help meet immediate needs in the community of Attawapiskat. The Red
Cross continues to work closely with public authorities and the
community to identify and address urgent, short-term needs. At the
request of the community the Red Cross will also take on a donation
management role to support these needs as identified.
"We have been working closely with public officials and Chief Theresa
Spence to assess needs, determine the best course of action and how the
Red Cross may be able to provide support," says John Saunders,
provincial director of disaster management for the Canadian Red Cross
According to Saunders, some of the needs currently identified include
generators, heaters, insulated sleeping mats, blankets and winter
"Chief Spence has asked that the Red Cross provide support with donation
management as the community has been inundated with offers of
assistance," says Saunders. "We are continuing to work closely with
Chief Spence to identify what is needed immediately and make
arrangements to get supplies into the community as soon as possible."
Financial donations may be made online at www.redcross.ca, 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 "Attawapiskat" and can also be mailed to the Canadian Red
Cross, Ontario Zone, 5700 Cancross Court, Mississauga, ON, L5R 3E9.
SOURCE CANADIAN RED CROSS
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