Through hawking snacks at the Walmart on Friday, local Canadian Red Cross representatives raised money to help those going through a crisis.
“All of the funds stay here,” Canadian Red Cross community outreach co-ordinator Sue Laflamme said, adding that all funds go toward local disaster response efforts.
These efforts include responding to disasters to help people during the first 72 hours after a disaster, which can include floods, house fires or other such personal tragedies.
The Red Cross provides “all the necessities for the first 72 hours after a disaster,” Laflamme explained, noting that this commonly includes accommodations, food and clothing.
In the Prince Albert area, she said a key area of response in recent years has been flooding. The same as all areas of the province, house fires are also responded to year-round.
This past fiscal year, the Canadian Red Cross has assisted more than 160 families who have had their homes burn or flood. This figure excludes the number of families assisted during community disasters, which include larger-scale storms, flooding and forest fires.
Walmart will continue raising funds at the store’s tills until the end of August, after which time those who want to assist the Red Cross financially can drop by their office, at 54 11th St. E.
As a volunteer-run organization, they’re also always on the lookout for helpers for everything from fundraisers to disaster response.
“If we had to pay for all the people working in a response, we wouldn’t be able to afford to do it,” Laflamme said.
Volunteers receive all the pertinent training, including CPR, First Aid, free of charge.
The Canadian Red Cross’s Prince Albert office can be contacted at 765-2600.