Company also working with Canada Post and Canadian Government to provide financial aid to victims
DALLAS, May, 23, 2016 /CNW/ -- MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) announced today it has initiated support initiatives to help those impacted by the massive wildfires in Canada. From now through the end of June, MoneyGram is waiving fees for those who want to donate to the American Red Cross to support wildfire relief efforts.
MoneyGram and Canada Post are also working together to distribute $1.6 million in relief funds being granted by the Canadian Government. More than 1700 MoneyGram issued money transfer checks will be available for pick-up at Canada Post locations.
"Our hearts go out to those impacted by these terrible fires," said Pete Ohser, executive vice president, Americas and Europe. "With the help of the Red Cross and Canada Post, we are focused on ensuring financial assistance gets to those who need it most during this crucial time. I'd also like to say 'thank you' to each and every first responder who continues to fight these fires by putting themselves in harm's way; their courage and determination are inspiring."
In response to a request for assistance from the Canadian Red Cross, the American Red Cross has deployed 50 disaster response specialists who are working in several functional areas, including case management, information management, shelter management, mapping and psychosocial support.
Donations to the Red Cross can be made at www.MoneyGram.com or any MoneyGram agent location in the U.S. All donations should be submitted to the American Red Cross under receive code 2540 to waive the transaction fee. Any dollar amount will be accepted up to a maximum of $249.99 per transaction.
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