Red Cross Donation
The Fort McMurray wildfire was a shock to all Albertans. Never before had we seen evacuations on such a massive scale, with an entire city needing to find temporary homes. 88,000 people had to flee, and 2,400 homes and buildings were destroyed. Albertans opened up to make sure every evacuee was comforted and found a place to stay.
The Canadian Red Cross was at the forefront of organizing the effort to help evacuees in their time of need, and to help them eventually return home. For weeks, the Red Cross building in Edmonton was jampacked with both volunteers and evacuees.
Our Member Utilities were touched by the incredible efforts of the Red Cross and Albertans to respond to the crisis. Our utilities banded together under a common cause to help raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross 2016 Alberta Fires Response. In less than a month, our utilities raised $50,000 for the Red Cross effort!
It was just one part of an incredible show of support from everyone. To date, the Canadian Red Cross has raised over $189 Million from donations, and received $104 Million from the Government of Canada and $30 Million from the Government of Alberta.