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Walmart, RBC and BMO support Red Cross response to flooding in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

July 08, 2014 - National corporate partners like Walmart Canada and RBC; and corporate donors like BMO are helping the Canadian Red Cross assist those affected by flooding in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Walmart is providing water and clean up supplies to meet immediate needs; RBC is accepting donations at Saskatchewan and Manitoba locations and has made a $30,000 donation. BMO has announced a $25,000 donation to help the response.

Alberta Floods: Red Cross supports Neighbour Day celebrations

June 27, 2014 - Because Red Cross recognizes the importance of community spirit, resiliency and the contribution of volunteers, it offered small grants to flood-impacted community associations organizing Neighbour Day events in Calgary. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Fifty years of volunteering keeps Florence Barron fit

June 23, 2014 - For Canadian Red Cross volunteer Florence Barron, 76, running and swimming keep her physically healthy while giving her free time to volunteering keeps her mentally healthy. Florence has been volunteering for the past 50 years, recently receiving the Order of the Red Cross.              

First Contact program assists refugees and newcomers in Ontario and Vancouver

June 19, 2014 - First Contact beneficiary Hassan Moghaddas Nejad describes his 2007 arrival in Canada as a refugee, the assistance he received from the Canadian Red Cross and his life now as a husband and father in Toronto. 

Rebuilding after the Alberta Floods: Demolition party in Erlton, Calgary

June 13, 2014 - Not many people would celebrate the demolition of their home. But any sadness felt by Mona and John Hayes as a massive backhoe plowed under their flood-damaged house in Calgary has swiftly been replaced by feelings of gratitude and celebration. 

The Red Cross prepares for hurricane season

June 09, 2014 - The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November each year.  All it takes is one hurricane to cause severe damage, destruction and the potential loss of lives.  

Families waiting to return to their homes following floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina

June 05, 2014 - Almost 10,000 Red Cross volunteers from the Red Cross National Societies of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia have been mobilized to support individuals affected by the flooding.  Assistance includes helping with evacuations, providing shelter and psychosocial support, distributing food and clothing, and reuniting family members who have been separated.

Sewing success in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp

June 04, 2014 - ‘’I remember that dark day vividly in my mind just like it was yesterday. When the war broke out in the oil city of Malakal, in South Sudan, my [Nuer] community was targeted to be killed’’, says Angela Nyakuok Riek. Angela is 60 years old and left South Sudan in 2006 to become a refugee in Kenya. She is among the 449 South Sudanese refugees who live in one of Kenya’s five Dadaab refugee camps on the Somali border and for years she was overlooked by humanitarian agencies that seek young energetic English-speaking youth to employ in the camps.

Canadian aid workers deploy to Chile to support psychosocial needs after major earthquake

May 26, 2014 - Following the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Chile on April 1, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies mobilized its Regional Response Unit (RRU) for the first time.  Bringing together expertise from Red Cross National Societies, including the Canadian Red Cross, the unit provided support for the emotional and psychological needs of those affected and helps build the capacity of Chilean Red Cross volunteers so they can continue to provide psychosocial support to communities in the future.

Alberta flood outreach continues: Going door to door

May 22, 2014 -

On doorsteps once submerged by floodwaters, Alberta residents and the Canadian Red Cross now trade advice and hugs for those feeling anxious this spring. (Photo:  © 2014 J. Keith Howie / Paragon Corporation Inc.)

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