(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) July 28, 2011 – On Wednesday July 27, 2011, JELD-WEN Windows and Doors donated $42,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to aid in relief efforts in the northern Alberta community of Slave Lake. The area was hit by wind-driven wildfires this past May, causing upwards of $700 million in damage.
The second most expensive insured disaster in Canadian history after the 1998 ice storms in Quebec and Ontario, the Slave Lake tragedy has displaced over 7,000 residents and destroyed over 400 homes. The JELD-WEN donation will assist evacuated families with food, shelter and emergency supplies.
“We’re happy to help in any way we can,” says Sante Cigana, JELD-WEN Canada Vice-President. “JELD-WEN has been a part of the Slave Lake community for years and our thoughts are with the residents.”
Those wishing to support the Canadian Red Cross Alberta relief efforts are asked to contribute by calling 1.800.418.1111 or visiting www.redcross.ca.
“Thanks to the generous contributions like JELD-WEN’s recent donation … we have given people hope and mobilized the power of humanity,” says Martin Pollard, Canadian Red Cross Alberta Provincial Manager. “(This) donation ensures we can help people rebuild their lives now, and in the coming years.”
JELD-WEN Windows and Doors was founded in 1960 and currently employs over 1,200 Canadians. In 2003, JELD-WEN consolidated their 27 brands under a single product identity. It is now one of the largest manufacturers of windows and doors with locations in 22 countries and nearly 20,000 employees worldwide. Learn more at www.jeld-wen.ca.