Canadian Red Cross launches appeal for donations for Florence relief

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Canadian Red Cross is hoping people across Canada can help those impacted by Tropical Storm Florence.The organization has launched an appeal for donations, as the major storm continues to batter parts of the U.S. east coast.“People can go online to or call 1.800.418.1111 to donate to that appeal,” Andrew Hopkins with the Canadian Red Cross says.The appeal has only just launched, but Hopkins says the group has had success raising money in the past.“Generous Canadians always seem to respond in these situations and the Red Cross will be here to accept those donations and get them to people in need as a result of this hurricane.”The Canadian and American Red Cross both work independently from one another, but Hopkins says they do support each other when needed.He adds the American Red Cross is currently responding across six states, mostly providing safe shelter and comfort for evacuees at this point.“There’s more than 2,000 American Red Cross personnel who are on the ground supporting emergency relief efforts. More than 20,000 people staying overnight in shelters, so Red Cross is providing support. Also, equipment and relief supplies are key in these situations, so about 100 emergency response vehicles and more than 120 trailers of equipment have been deployed to deliver help to people in need.”That help can include things like food, cots, and blankets, he explains.It’s unclear how long the fundraising campaign will run for, but Hopkins says it’ll continue to go on until things cool down.The Canadian Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation south of the border.“We are prepared to provide to provide support in the form of personnel and items, as requested… We’re in contact with [the American Red Cross] and making sure that as their needs come up here in the hours and days to come, that the Canadian Red Cross is there to provide support. The donations to the hurricane Florence appeal will assist with providing that support quickly to the people who need it.”-With files from Taran Parmarlast_img read more