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Co-op helps raise more than $800K for Fort McMurray relief efforts

By Dan Yates

August 26, 2016

A lot can happen through co-operation.

Following the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., local Co-ops across Western Canada — along with their members and customers — teamed up to contribute more than $816,000 in support of the relief efforts.

In total, 55 local Co-ops from B.C. to Manitoba pitched in by collecting donations, hosting fundraisers and making in-kind contributions.

Making a difference

These funds include a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross from Federated Co-operatives Limited and more than 200 independent retail co-operatives in Western Canada. The donation is part of a $1 million commitment Co-op made to support emergency relief efforts across Western Canada.

Through its Communities in Full Colour program and a Buy One, Get One, Give One promotion, Co-op also donated $40,000 in paint on behalf of customers.

For more information about the Red Cross’ response to the Fort McMurray wildfire, or to donate, visit redcross.ca.