Nearly 90% Of Funds Donated To Red Cross Spent, Committed Two-Years Post-Wildfire

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Nearly 90% Of Funds Donated To Red Cross Spent, Committed Two-Years Post-Wildfire

Almost 90 per cent of the funds donated to the Canadian Red Cross following the 2016 wildfire has been committed or spent.

The national organization released a two-year post-wildfire update Tuesday.

The report shows out of the $325 million donated by individuals, community groups, and companies, along with matching funds from the province ($30 million) and federal government ($104 million), $291 million has been used or spoken for, which represents 89.5 per cent of the total funds.

This includes $213 million for families and individuals helping them pay for rent, mortgages, household goods, food, travel expenses and other costs. Around $19.8 million is still available.

$40 million of the $50 million allocated has been used to support 90 partnerships with community groups and initiatives such as special events for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Indigenous communities. While $29 million has helped more than 3,200 small businesses cover costs such as the replacement of essential items, assistance with clean-up expenses; moving or storage.

“The resiliency of the people affected by the fires in the Fort McMurray area two years ago is remarkable. Every person has a story to share of how their lives were impacted. Their struggles are real. Their strength is inspiring,” said Conrad Sauv, Red Cross president, in a release. “And their circumstances are as unique as each person. The Canadian Red Cross remains present in the region and is committed to understanding, assisting, and guiding the people affected by this disaster throughout their recovery for as long as it takes.”

The Red Cross says all remaining donated funds will be used for the organization’s operations to support vulnerable people, families, and communities affected by this disaster.

In all, following May 3, 2016, 65,000 families registered with the Red Cross to receive emergency financial assistance – with more than 1,500 still needing assistance with their recovery.
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