Canada Credit Cares makes sizable donation to the Canadian Red Cross’ relief efforts for the Fort McMurray wildfire
CEO Sheldon Wolf opens his various portfolio of homes to families displaced by the emergency
On May 3rd, a wildfire reached the economic hub of the Alberta oil patch region. The entire city of Fort McMurray was evacuated. Over 80,000 people were forced to leave as the fire consumed over 10,000 hectares of prairie and forest land. It destroyed over 1600 buildings. Some neighborhoods lost up to 80 per cent of their homes, causing millions of dollars in damage. Entire neighborhoods are no longer there.
For now, residents of Fort McMurray resettle in nearby towns, industrial camps, and make their way to Edmonton and Calgary. An appeal by local government called in an emergency response and aid from the provincial and national government. This resulted in the gathering of firefighters, police and armed forces to the disaster area. An outpour of support and donations from the public followed.
In response to this appeal, CEO of Canada Credit, Sheldon Wolf, made a sizable donation. He chose the Red Cross relief program for the victims of the fire. The company also gave several homes rent free as temporary shelter to families.
Wolf explained, “We encourage all individuals and corporations to do whatever they can in these times of emergency. It’s mind blowing to think that a few days ago, it was just another day for those in Fort Mac. How fast things can change. Whether you know any of these people or not, please keep in mind, they are still our family. And they need our support right now.”
Wolf also owns a successful real estate company, Empire Citi Properties. It serves Calgary, Okotoks and Airdrie. The company has also been donating the temporary usage of several homes in the greater Calgary area.
“As a proud Albertan. We have also offered up all of our vacant homes free of charge as temporary relief to the homeless,” Wolf stated.
Wolf has made these offers during past times of disaster. During the 2012 Calgary flood, he offered his vacant properties to families forced out of their homes.The Bow River flooded large portions of Calgary and High River. Also he personally donated money to help with flood disaster assistance. Even volunteering his own time and physical efforts to aid in the cleanup.
The donation of money and living space is being made on behalf of the Canada Credit Cares program. The social responsibility initiative is an extension of the Canada Credit Improvement System & Trade, and Canada Credit programs. They have led many charitable efforts in the past. This includes Kids Up Front, the Calgary Humane Society, Inn from the Cold, and Little Mutts. They have also made donations to local families and individuals in need.
Thanksgiving is no exception. Canada Credit Cares’ food drive provided donations and turkeys to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Beyond that, their Adopt-a-Family program provides for a family during the holiday season. Another initiative in January was providing financial help to an individual who could not work due to surgery.
Their veterans program also aids active Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans by offering their services pro bono. Also veterans and current CAF members receive discounted setup fees for their credit repair and credit rebuilding programs.
All of this is done through the Canada Credit Cares program. As a natural extension of Canada Credit’s mission, to help those in need. Not only in matters of financial, credit and debt, but also basic human necessity. Reaching out when hardship strikes and helping the vulnerable affected.
The efforts of one company, however, is not enough for a disaster of this magnitude. As natural disaster strikes the oil patch capital, Wolf calls on the corporate and business community. Calgary and beyond should do more. He encourages all corporations and communities to give generously. To give back to the communities that support and make not only this province, but nation strong.
Wolf encourages everyone to help. Businesses, communities and individuals with time and money to spare. Go to the Canadian Red Cross website. Send charitable donations to help aid victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire. Even notify Canada Credit Cares through their website to call attention to community based charitable needs. Raise awareness for worthwhile causes.
At this time, Fort McMurray is in desperate need of help. Canada Credit Cares has answered that call, and hopes others will do the same.
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