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Saskatchewan credit unions accepting donations for disaster response

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The Canadian Red Cross and Saskatchewan credit unions will be accepting cash donations to help Saskatchewan residents devastated by recent disasters at participating Saskatchewan credit unions until July 25, 2014.

"Saskatchewan credit unions believe in helping communities and are especially proud to be able to assist the people in our own province who are suffering after the devastating floods," said Debbie Lane, Executive Vice-President, SaskCentral. "Saskatchewan credit unions are prepared to help the Red Cross collect donations to support relief efforts in Saskatchewan."

Recent heavy rains have caused significant flooding in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan. Based on experience from the 2011 floods, the Red Cross is preparing for a large recovery effort to help Saskatchewan families return to their homes. The Red Cross is currently mobilizing personnel and supplies, such as flood clean-up kits, to assist people impacted by flooding.

"The Red Cross plans to be there to help families and communities rebuild after the flooding in the weeks and months ahead," said Rebecca Benko, Operations Manager for the Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan. "We appreciate the continued support of Saskatchewan credit unions for helping to make it even easier for people to support Red Cross disaster operations here in Saskatchewan."

The Canadian Red Cross relies on generous Canadians and corporations to support families impacted by disaster. The assistance provided by Red Cross does not duplicate other available assistance or services and is designed to ensure that essential needs are met and families receive the support they need to recover from disaster.

Saskatchewan residents can give online at www.redcross.ca/skflood, call toll-free at 1-800-418-1111, or visit their local Red Cross office or any Saskatchewan credit union branch. Cheques should be earmarked Saskatchewan floods.

Donations to the Canadian Red Cross will help support families as they recover from disaster. This support may include household repair and clean-up materials, replacement items for children such as cribs, occupational and transportation support and replacement of essential health items.


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