Canadian Red Cross thanks Government of Canada for Alberta fires matching program

OTTAWA, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross is thanking the Government of Canada for its decision to match donations made to the Red Cross to assist people affected by the wildfires in Alberta.

"Wildfires have devastated homes, lives and entire communities in Northern Alberta," says Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO for the Canadian Red Cross. "Thanks to the Government of Canada, Canadians can be sure their donations will go even further toward having a lasting impact on the lives of those in desperate need."

The massive wildfires in Northern Alberta have triggered the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta's history. More than 80,000 people are displaced from their homes, with no word on how long it will take to return. The Red Cross is on the ground providing emergency support, including shelter, clothing, food, and other personal services.

Donations will not only meet immediate needs, but will also help in the coming weeks and months ahead, as individuals and families begin to rebuild and recover.

Canadians wishing to help are encouraged to make a financial donation to the Alberta Fires Appeal online at www.redcross.ca/albertafires, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 190 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and throughout the world. 

SOURCE Canadian Red Cross

For further information: Canadian Red Cross media line: 1-877-599-9602; Quebec media can call: 1-888-418-9111

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