Update: Bell has informed us that it has expanded past the free calls and texts to offer a data bonus to those impacted. The data is a 10GB data bonus, which kicks in when the current data allotment is used up on their monthly bill.
Over 80,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes yesterday in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The reason was a massive wildfire that has literally burnt the city to the ground. Thousands of homes in the city have been destroyed, which is incredibly tragic turn of events.
Several Canadian carriers have shown support to those impacted. Telus, Koodo, Bell, Rogers and Fido have all waived calls and text, while Bell and Rogers have donated $100,000 to Red Cross.
Amanda Purcell, PR rep for the Canadian Red Cross, said, “we know everybody is really eager to get involved, to pitch-in in some way, shape or form.”
One of the best ways to help is to send a text donation to the Red Cross. “That way we know your donation is going to come through – it’s going to come straight to us – and it’s going to go to people who are most affected right now,” stated Purcell.
The Red Cross is the main source of donations, including text donations, for the Fort McMurray disaster. There are two donation options to get involved: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5, or text REDCROSS to 45678 to donate $10.
As with all mobile giving programs, the charge will appear on your monthly wireless bill (or deducted from the prepaid account), and 100 percent of the donation is remitted to the Red Cross and go to those in need.
All donors who give will receive an official receipt for tax purposes here.
[source]Red Cross, Mobile Giving[/source]