Press release

Amazon Canada Donates $500,000 to Canadian Red Cross British Columbia Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal

December 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST

Amazon’s disaster relief support also includes donating more than 62,000 emergency supplies to date to community organizations

Toronto—December 6, 2021— Amazon Canada has committed $500,000 (CAD) to the Canadian Red Cross to help individuals and communities affected by the continued flooding and extreme weather in British Columbia (BC). Thanks to the generous matching program announced by the federal and BC provincial governments, the donation will total $1.5 Million (CAD), and will directly support the Canadian Red Cross’ efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in affected areas.

In addition to the cash donation, the Amazon disaster relief and response team is partnering with local community organizations to support on-the-ground relief efforts by donating more than 62,000 items—including dehumidifiers, cases of diapers, hygiene supplies, food, cleaning materials, and more. The local community organizations are directly distributing the relief items to people in impacted areas. Amazon will donate more relief supplies as other local community partners assess needs and request additional support.

“Amazon is proud to call BC home, and we are committed to helping our neighbours affected by these devastating events. We are grateful for the work of organizations like the Canadian Red Cross, as they carry out relief, recovery, resiliency and risk reduction activities where they are needed most,” said Jesse Dougherty, Amazon VP.

“Amazon’s operations serve customers across BC, and we are pledging our support to help communities impacted by flooding and extreme weather. Amazon is proud to partner with the Red Cross, and we thank them for the work they are doing on the ground,” said Sumegha Kumar, Director of Canadian Customer Fulfillment Operations for Amazon Canada.

 “The generous support of Amazon Canada during this critical time will help the Canadian Red Cross provide services and resources to those impacted by the floods and extreme weather in British Columbia. The Red Cross is on the ground to evaluate and address the immediate and emerging needs of people impacted by floods and will continue to be there to help with the long recovery ahead,” said Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. 

Since 2017, Amazon has donated more than 15 million in-kind products in response to over 70 natural disasters around the world. Amazon's 2021 disaster relief and response efforts have included donating and delivering more than 4 million items. Those items aided in on-the-ground relief efforts following a destructive Hurricane Ida in the U.S.; a massive earthquake in Haiti; severe floods in Western Europe and in New South Wales, Australia; wildfires in Turkey and Canada; a tornado in the Czech Republic; a volcano eruption in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; monsoon season in India; and the U.S. winter storms in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Amazon employs close to 10,000 people in BC, at its Vancouver Tech Hub; at fulfilment centres, delivery stations, a sortation centre, and an AMXL delivery station; and an AbeBooks office in Victoria.

To donate to the Canadian Red Cross British Columbia Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal, visit RedCross.ca/donate.

About Amazon's Disaster Relief and Response
Amazon's disaster relief and response efforts utilizes Amazon's vast operational excellence, innovative technologies, and global logistics network to provide fast and effective support to worldwide operations fighting large-scale natural disasters. Amazon has filled cargo jets and shipped truckloads of Amazon-donated items for communities ravaged by hurricanes, sent solar-powered lights to people living without power after tsunamis, and enabled customers to easily donate products and cash on Amazon.com. The company has also helped organizations including governments and nonprofits expedite response efforts through our Amazon Web Services cloud services.

About Amazon
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