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Canadians donate $30M to Red Cross for Fort McMurray relief effort

On Thursday alone, more than 100,000 people texted the Red Cross to donate


 
A resident of Fort McMurray walks past a evacuation centre sign put up in Anzac, Alberta, after residents were ordered to be evacuated due to a raging wildfire, May 4, 2016. (Topher Seguin/Reuters)

A resident of Fort McMurray walks past a evacuation centre sign put up in Anzac, Alberta, after residents were ordered to be evacuated due to a raging wildfire, May 4, 2016. (Topher Seguin/Reuters)

TORONTO — The Canadian Red Cross says people from across the country have come together to show their support and compassion for Fort McMurray, donating $30 million for the relief effort in the northern Alberta community.

Canadian Red Cross President Conrad Sauve says that just on Thursday, more than 100,000 people texted his organization to donate.

Calling it an unprecedented “Canadian moment,” Sauve says the Red Cross is working with Alberta and Ottawa to ensure that those in need will receive help.

Related: Want to help Fort McMurray? Here’s how.

Sauve says that to date, the Red Cross has registered 14,000 families that need help and volunteers are reaching out to others who require assistance.

He says that while the Canadian Red Cross is working to meet the emergency needs in the devastated community, it is also working with the local authorities to make sure they continue to play an important role during the long-term recovery.

Both the federal and Alberta governments have promised to match all donations to the Red Cross for the relief efforts in Fort McMurray.


Maclean’s is also answering every possible question you may have on the Fort Mac fire in our Fort McMurray FAQ file. Read all our stories here.

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Canadians donate $30M to Red Cross for Fort McMurray relief effort

  1. let me say first, i am not trying to stir up a hornets nest or maybe i am just ill informed, but just a few things i would like to say.. did i read right when it said 30 million and govt will match donations?? yes…. there are truly sad things like losing any lives and of course mementos, keepsakes, things of sentimental value….. but all basic material things can be replaced …did these people not make 6 figure salaries? and for some time our economy was booming in the oil and gas sector and did these same people save some of that money for a rainy day? there are people who live on their own and only make a third of their salary and still manage to save and donate to charities etc……also not to mention eventually all the insurance companies will pay out and will jack up their rates for all of Alberta residents even if they’ve never made a claim just to make up for all of the payouts…..its nice for people to wake up and give to dire situations, but i do know there are so many sad situations right in your backyard like seniors who live on next to nothing, they cannot afford hearing aids or outrageous priced glasses, because govt thinks you can buy bifocals for 100 dollars lol… homeless people here, kids without food or proper clothing etc, and yet people who have money take advantage of our foodbanks who should be ashamed….our healthcare having waiting lists for people in physical pain…. seniors who have paid their dues, and children should not have any suffering and have all their basic needs filled but these causes and so much more hardly get noticed….. sad indeed..

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