TORONTO, Ont. — Sunday morning, a 15-metre truck parked outside the Goodwill Store at Jarvis and Adelaide Sts., waited to transport donated work gloves, masks and bandages to New York City relief workers.
After hearing the American Red Cross was running out of supplies, Goodwill volunteer Carmen Montgomery of Toronto arranged for a truck.
“They’ve exhausted all their immediate resources,” says Montgomery. “And I know the people of Toronto. If you tell them firefighters need gloves, they’ll make sure they get some.”
SLH Transport, a subsidiary of Sears Canada based in Kingston, Ont., donated the use of the truck.
Peter Bergin, president of SLH Transport, did not hesitate to help.
Once filled, the truck will travel to an American Red Cross distribution centre in New Jersey.
The Canadian Red Cross and several financial institutions are also accepting cash donations to help in the relief effort.
The Bank of Montreal, Banca Commerciale Italiana of Canada, CIBC, Laurentian Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, Sottomayor Bank Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Western Bank, HSBC Bank Canada, National Bank of Canada and TD Bank Financial Group have set up a fund called “U.S.A. Appeal.”
So far, Canadians have donated $424,000 in response to the Red Cross appeal, in addition to organizing fundraising events and welcoming stranded travellers into their homes.
ShareLife, the fundraising arm of the Archdiocese of Toronto, will collect money for victims of Tuesday’s attack. Funds will be sent to Catholic Charities USA.
Those wishing to make a donation may mail cheques to ShareLife-USA Disaster Relief, 1155 Yonge St., Toronto, M4T 1W2. Donations can also be made by credit card at 800-263-2595 or online at http://www.sharelife.org.
People are also still being encouraged to donate blood. For donor appointments, call 416-974-9911, or for information, call 416-974-9900.
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