Federal and provincial governments to match Red Cross donations

The Government of Canada along with the province of Alberta are collaborating with the Red Cross.

The program will see both levels of government match donations made to the Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in Alberta communities impacted by the devastating wildfires.

This means every one dollar donated will become three dollars to support those affected by the wildfires.

Donated funds will be used for immediate and ongoing relief and recovery efforts. The funds will support a range of emergency services the Canadian Red Cross may deliver to those in need.

Donated funds will allow the Canadian Red Cross to support community organizations and to support impacted people and communities as they begin the long process of recovery for increasing events.

Other supports may include financial assistance for immediate unmet needs, and other essential services not covered by federal or provincial programs.

In a media release both levels of government say they recognize the heroic work of first responders, volunteers, non-governmental organizations, and emergency managers across all levels of governments and Indigenous communities in the response and recovery efforts in Alberta.

During the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, the Red Cross took in over $300 million in funds to support disaster recovery.

Those wishing to make a financial donation to the 2023 Alberta Fires Appeal can do so online at www.redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111.

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