by Nouman Khalil, Mississauga News, May 09, 2016
The heat was on to help those impacted by the wildfires that have destroyed large parts of Fort McMurray, Alberta. And residents, businesses and associations in Peel have responded.
In Peel, almost all local and national relief organizations including Red Cross, Salvation Army, International Development & Relief Foundation (IDRF), ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada, and many other small and large scale charities, are working closely with first emergency responders in Alberta.
Some of them are also making arrangements to collect items of basic needs such as canned food, medicines, water and blankets.
Alberta has declared a state emergency, and over 1,100 firefighters, police and emergency responders supported by hundreds of helicopters, air tankers and heavy firefighting machinery, have tried to combat the deadly wildfire. They’ve managed to safely evacuate more than 80,000 residents from danger. It is suspected that many will not be able to return back to their hometown for months.
Both federal and the provincial governments have pledged to match monetary donation to relief organizations, businesses and residents from across the country.
A Brampton-based frozen meals producer and delivery service firm is sending hundreds of fully prepared meals to Alberta to support those affected by the devastating wildfires.
“What is currently happening to the people of Fort McMurray is truly tragic. We hope this small token can play a part in the larger relief efforts,” said Michael Gazer, president of Heart to Home Meals. “We encourage individuals and businesses to donate what they can.”
BASF Canada, which has its headquarter in Mississauga, announced on Friday (May 6) a donation $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal and matched personal donations by employees up to $1,000.
“Our thoughts are with the people of Fort McMurray and those affected by the wildfires,” said Marcelo Lu, president of BASF Canada. “BASF wants to help the Canadian Red Cross with its ongoing relief efforts for those impacted during this difficult time. We’re also encouraging our employees to support their fellow Canadians and hope our collective contributions provide some relief.”
Local Canadian Tire stores are also raising funds for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and will match dollar for dollar any customers’ donation up to a maximum of $5,000.
Article Courtesy: Mississauga News
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