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Ottawa, May 6, 2016 - The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to announce that 10 banks in Canada will be accepting cash donations from the public in support of Red Cross efforts to assist those affected by the massive wildfires in Alberta.

“This is the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta history,” says Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. “Thanks to participating banks, Canadians will have another method to donate to support Red Cross activities in response to this emergency.”

Red Cross teams are on the ground providing support to those affected, including shelter, food, water, and other basic necessities. So far, more than 80,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to evacuation orders, in more than 12 northern communities, including Fort McMurray. Families and individuals who have been evacuated can register with the Red Cross by calling 1-888-350-6070 or online at www.redcross.ca/registration. Registering helps reconnect family members and provides emergency response agencies with necessary information to mobilize resources.

The following banks are accepting financial donations in branches across Canada from May 6 to June 6:

  • BMO Financial Group
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • CIBC
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • Laurentian Bank of Canada
  • National Bank
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank
  • Tangerine Bank - starting May 7, donations can be made online directly from client accounts
  • TD Bank Group

Canadians wishing to support our efforts can also 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.

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For more information, contact:
Canadian Red Cross media line: 1-877-599-9602
Quebec media can call: 1-888-418-9111