When disaster strikes, Canadians are always willing to donate what they can.
Red Cross Canada says over $54 million has been donated so far.
Guy LePage, with Red Cross Canada, how the Red Cross divvy up the cash.
“The Red Cross works with the Alberta government to ensure the money is used where it is needed most,” explains LePage. “I can tell you the vast majority of the funds, 95 per cent of the funds donated by Canadians, are used for emergency response.”
LePage says the myth of charity not spending the majority of funds on disaster relief are simply false.
“Absolutely, as I said, 95 per cent of every dollar goes to services needed by people affected disaster,” explains LePage.
LePage says the money it won’t be spent quickly, as it needs to have a long reach.
“Money designated for this specific disaster will be used for that disaster,” explains LePage. “As you know, and everyone has seen, this is a huge disaster and the fallout from this will go on for a long, long time.”
LePage says the majority of the money raised will go to emergency response. (twd, Newstalk770)