NEW YORK - The National Hockey League announced today that it is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta.
Wildfires in the Fort McMurray area have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing shelter, food, accommodation and comfort.
"The National Hockey League family stands with all who have been affected by the devastating fires in Fort McMurray," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We send thoughts of support and encouragement to our neighbors as they confront the physical and emotional impacts of this disaster."
The NHL's charitable arm, the NHL Foundation, is providing the League's donation. The NHL also is encouraging fans to visit www.redcross.ca to make a contribution.
The Canadian Red Cross aims to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. The Canadian Red Cross Society is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.