Alberta flood relief: How can Canadians help?
Published Saturday, June 22, 2013 11:17AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 22, 2013 6:24PM EDT
Canadians who want to help flood-affected communities in southern Alberta are being asked to make monetary donations through the Canadian Red Cross.
Donations can be made by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-418-1111 or online at www.redcross.ca.
The city of Calgary said that it was thankful for the outpouring of donations and offers to volunteer, but all of its reception centres have established adequate levels of food and other required supplies.
As well, the centres cannot accept non-City volunteers at the present time, according to a statement on its website.
Red Cross director general for disaster management John Byrne told CTV News Channel on Saturday that Red Cross workers are on the ground helping out at the evacuation recreation centres, as well as moving cots, blankets and other supplies to the centres.
The organization has established a national toll-free call line at 1-866-696-6484 for people who want to locate and reunite with family members.
Byrne said since the flooding started Canadians have been reaching out to the Red Cross wishing to help.
“We’ve been receiving donations from Canadians and companies and corporations from across Canada since the start of this event,” he said.
• To volunteer, call 1-866-628-6565. This is a toll-free line hosted by Samaritans Purse.