RV dealerships among companies signing on for flood relief

Companies continue to lend a hand to those affected by the recent flooding across parts of the province.

  • Jul. 4, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Companies continue to lend a hand to those affected by the recent flooding across parts of the province.

Four Alberta RV dealerships; Lacombe RV, Roadmaster RV of Leduc, Fraserway RV Calgary and Fraserway RV Edmonton are banding together to raise $300,000 for the flood relief efforts through Samaritan’s Purse Canada and Canadian Red Cross.

Until July 21, each of the dealerships will donate $1,000 from every RV sold to Samaritan’s Purse Canada or Canadian Red Cross to help the Albertans who were displaced or are otherwise needing assistance due to the flooding of their homes and communities.

Fraserway has already assisted Samaritan’s Purse in their immediate disaster response and will continue to do so.

Meanwhile, Desjardins Group (Desjardins) and Western Financial Group (Western) also announced this week that the organizations are teaming up to donate $200,000 to disaster relief in Alberta after horrendous flooding devastated several rural and urban communities throughout the province.

In addition to the direct donation, Desjardins will also raise money for the Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund through its caisse network in Quebec and Ontario, while Western has put plans in place to launch an online fundraising system for employees to provide direct support to local communities affected by the floods.

“We are deeply saddened to see how this terrible tragedy has impacted families and communities across Alberta,” said Monique F. Leroux, chair of the board, president, and CEO of Desjardins Group.

“In the coming days and weeks, we encourage all Canadians to donate whatever support they can provide to help with the recovery and rebuilding process.”

As part of the $200,000 donation, Desjardins and Western will each provide $100,000 to the Western Communities Foundation.

The Foundation will in turn work with local municipalities and charitable groups to identify opportunities that will provide direct support to the affected communities.

“In times like these, every little bit of assistance helps,” said John Jenner, executive director of the Western Communities Foundation.

“We will work with our local communities and charitable groups to ensure that this money will go to the people who truly need assistance.”

-Vossen