WINNIPEG, MB - The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation (WJTNF) announced today it has raised just over $132,000 to support people affected by the forest fires in northern Alberta. Last Friday, WJTNF donated $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, which is providing basic supplies, accommodations and registration services for evacuees. In addition to the donation, WJTNF encouraged Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose fans to also donate.
In just under a week, fans have responded generously ($32,000) to the encouragement to donate. "Our fans can take pride knowing their donations collected by our Foundation will provide food, shelter and support services to evacuees," says Dwayne Green, executive director of the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.
To date, close to 45,000 households representing 90,000 people have registered with Red Cross as a result of the forest fires in northern Alberta (1). This unprecedented disaster is the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta history.
The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation is accepting additional donations until Sunday, May 15, 2016. A charitable tax receipt for the full amount of any donation will be issued by WJTNF.
To donate now, please visit: WinnipegJets.com/FortMcMurray
True North Sports & Entertainment owns and operates the MTS Centre, Winnipeg Jets (NHL), Manitoba Moose (AHL), MTS IcePlex, and Burton Cummings Theatre. Additionally, True North is currently developing True North Square, a mixed-use development that will be located adjacent to MTS Centre. Committed to community development, True North proudly supports the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation, the charitable arm of True North and the Winnipeg Jets.
(1) Government of Alberta