$2,000 from Finch firefighters to Red Cross relief in Fort Mac; Red Cross active on the ground here, too

Members of the Finch Fire Department delivered a $2,000 cheque Aug. 3 to the Canadian Red Cross for Fort McMurray wildfire relief efforts. The money is proceeds of the department's June 12 fundraiser breakfast that drew 230 attendees. Finch firefighters hand the cheque over to local Red Cross representative Nanda Wubs, who volunteers with the organization as a Personal Disaster Assistant in an area covering much of Eastern Ontario. Also clutching the cheque are Captain and Health and Safety Coordinator Kees Van Engen (left) and organizing firefighter Chad Brownlee.
Not only is the Red Cross heavily involved in Fort Mac relief initiatives, but Wubs points out that the 120-year-old organization is always ready to assist local individuals who have nowhere to turn after devastating events such as house fires — a service that's not well known, she concedes. In fact, the Red Cross gave help that very same day to a Moose Creek family in exactly that circumstance, she says. Available assistance includes temporary food and lodging costs after a devastating event. But the process is overseen by only 20 volunteers in a wide area covering Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott-Russell and Leeds-Grenville, as well as the cities of Brockville and Cornwall. They're currently in need of three more volunteers, adds Wubs. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News
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