Credit Slab Cares Aids Displaced Fort McMurray Families, Donates to Red Cross

Credit Slab Cares, in response to the wildfire that’s ravaged Fort McMurray and made hundreds homeless, made a sizable donation to the Canadian Red Cross’ relief efforts while CEO Sheldon Wolf opens his various portfolio of homes to families displaced by the emergency.

On May 3rd, a wildfire reached the economic hub of the Alberta oil patch region, Fort McMurray, resulting in a total town evacuation displacing at least 80,000 people, consuming over 10,000 hectares of prairie and forest land, destroying approximately 1600 buildings while some neighbourhood have lost up to 80% of its homes and causing millions of dollars in damage as entire neighbourhoods were laid to waste. As residents of Fort Mac temporarily resettle in surrounding towns, industrial camps and make their way to Edmonton and Calgary, an appeal by municipal government has called in an emergency response and aid from the provincial and national government, mobilization of firefighters, police and armed forces personnel to the disaster area, and has prompted an outpouring of support and donations.

In response to this appeal for aid, Credit Slab Cares, headed by Credit Slab and Nu Life CEO Sheldon Wolf, has just made a sizable donation to the Red Cross relief program for the victims of the Fort McMurray fire, as well as offering several homes rent free, as temporary shelter to families in need as they flee the disaster area.

In a statement about this recent generous act of charity, Credit Slab and Nu Life CEO Sheldon Wolf explains, “We have just made a donation to the Red Cross and encourage all individuals and corporations to do whatever they can in these times of emergency. It is absolutely mind blowing to think that that only a few days ago it was just another day for most of these people in Fort Mac. How fast things can change and whether you know any of these people or not, please keep in mind that they are still our family and they need our support right now.”

With inspired foresight, Sheldon Wolf, whom also owns a successful real estate company Empire Citi Properties which serves Calgary, Okotoks and Airdrie, is personally donating the temporary usage of several homes in the greater Calgary area. “As a proud Albertan, we have also offered up all of our vacant homes free of charge as temporary relief to those that are homeless.” He states as his contribution in response to the exodus that is making its way south caused by the mass evacuation of Fort McMurray’s over 80,000 residents.

Unprecedented, Sheldon Wolf has also made this offer in the past during times of disaster. During the Calgary flood of 2012 he offered his vacant properties in a similar manner, opening up for families forced out of their homes when the Bow River flooded large portions of Calgary and High River. He had also personally donated money to help with flood disaster assistance and even volunteered his own time and physical efforts to aid in the cleanup thereafter.

The donation of money and living space was made on behalf of the Credit Slab Cares program, the social responsibility initiative that’s an extension of the Nu-Life Credit Improvement and Credit Slab programs that have in the past led multiple charitable and philanthropic efforts including donations to Kids Up Front, the Calgary Humane Society, Inn from the Cold, Little Mutts, as well as donations and support to local families and individuals in need. During Thanksgiving their food drive saw huge donations of non-perishable items and turkeys to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Their Adopt-a-Family program saw to the needs of a family during the holiday season while another initiative in January was given financial help while he missed work due to surgery. Their veterans program aided active Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans by offering pro-bono service and dropped setup fees for their credit repair and credit rebuilding programs.

All this and more has been done through the Credit Slab Cares program as a natural extension of Credit’s Slab’s mission to help those in need; not just in matters of financial literacy and credit and debt related issues, but also basic human necessity and reaching out when hardship strikes and the vulnerable are affected.

The efforts of one company, however, is not enough for a disaster of this magnitude. As natural disaster strikes the oil patch capital, Sheldon Wolf calls on the corporate and business community in Calgary and beyond to do more to help the victims of the Fort Mac fire. The Credit Slab CEO encourages all corporations and communities to give generously and give back to the communities that support us and make Alberta and the nation strong.

He encourages anyone, from businesses to communities and individuals with time and money to spare, to go to the Canadian Red Cross and send their charitable donations to help aid victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire, as well as notify Credit Slab Cares through their website to call attention to community based charitable needs and raise awareness for worthwhile causes.

And at the time of writing Fort McMurray is in desperate need of help. Credit Slab Cares has answered that call and hopes others will do the same.

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Credit Slab Cares & Kids up Front Help Underprivileged Children Attend Games & Events

Credit Slab Cares donated front row Calgary Flames tickets to Kids up Front, a charitable organization dedicated to giving underprivileged children a chance to see live sporting events, shows, concerts and more.

Credit Slab Cares, the flagship charitable initiative of NuLife Credit and its affiliated companies, has once again teamed up with Kids up Front, a charitable organization dedicated to giving underprivileged and deserving kids the chance to see live events. It is a team-up that’s destined to win more than games; it’ll also win the hearts of the kids who get to attend the events.

Sheldon Wolf, the director of the Credit Slab Cares program and long-time Calgary Flames fan has donated seats to multiple games during the 2015-2016 season to the Kids up Front organization, giving underprivileged children a once in a lifetime chance to see the Calgary Flames in action on home ice. Up front is literally where the children get to sit since Credit Slab Cares provides the seats which happen to be in the front row.

Started in late 2015, the Credit Slab Cares program was created by Credit Slab and NuLife CEO Sheldon Wolf to raise awareness for charitable causes and to encourage charitable participation from his companies and the corporate community at large. Credit Slab Cares charitable drives include volunteer time with Inn from the Cold, donations to animal causes such as the Little Mutts Society and the Calgary Humane Society, food donations to the Calgary Food Bank, the adopt-a-family program which helps families hit hard with job loss and unforeseen circumstances get through tough times with donations of food and basic needs, and much more. Their latest program, designed to help veterans of the Canadian Armed forces hit financially by hard times, offered our veterans pro bono services for their credit repair and credit improvement programs.

But now it’s the kids turn to get boost from Credit Slab Cares as company president Sheldon Wolf donated front row tickets to the Kids up Front organization so that underprivileged children can see their favorite NHL stars play live and up close during Calgary Flames home games. So close that they’ll have the best seats in the stadium! They’ll be seated next to the visitor’s bench, first row, to watch Calgary’s star players light up the lamp.

As a long-time fan of the Flames, Sheldon wanted to share the experience of a live Flames game with deserving kids by giving them the best spot to watch all the action. And as an experienced philanthropist Sheldon found his passion for the Calgary Flames and his desire to help others was a winning formula to bring smiles and help inspire future champions.

Kids up Front was founded by former Calgary businessman John Dalziel, whom got the idea when attending an event at the Calgary Saddledome and seeing empty seats. His tickets were complimentary, and it occurred to him that many of the vacant seats were also complimentary seating bought up by businesses and organizations, but were sadly being unused. With the sudden idea that those seats would be better used by families in need to let underprivileged children see a world class sporting event, he founded the Kids up Front charity with the expressed goal of putting those unused seats to use, getting the corporate community to better use their gratuity tickets and of course bringing kids to live events that they normally would not be able to attend due to circumstances beyond their control.

With chapters in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton and new chapters being developed in Ottawa and Halifax, the Kids up Front organization has, since its founding in 1999, provided over one million tickets to deserving children and families for arts, culture, sporting and recreational events. With over 30,000 tickets per year distributed and a total approximate value of tickets distributed at 13 million over the years, Kids up Front is no small charity. Kids up Front has also attracted such national sponsors as Corus Entertainment, CIBC and TD Financial, while garnering local partnerships with local businesses. Sports teams like the BC Lions and the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks of the NHL, The Calgary Hitmen and the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, and much more have also supported this worthwhile cause. They also team up with local charities and philanthropic organizations to help find deserving children in need of a ticket to a local event.

Children shoudn’t be denied the chance to see the big game because it’s out of their reach or too expensive. For many it would be a once in a lifetime chance. Thanks to Sheldon Wolf’s generosity through Credit Slab Cares and the Kids up Front organization, now these kids have that once in a lifetime chance to see their hometown heroes play.