Thank-you notes can be addressed to:
His Excellency Frank McKenna
Ambassador of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
"Dear Ambassador McKenna" or "Dear Mr. Ambassador"
Canada's extensive support for Katrina relief includes (but is not limited to) the following:
- Canada flew 27 Canadian Red Cross and 5 other disaster relief personnel to Houston on September 3, to help with Katrina relief. Canada has also provided air transport services to FEMA, to help move supplies and personnel.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada airlifted supplies of antibiotics and other medicines, beds, blankets, and other supplies from its emergency stocks.
- Over 1,000 Canadian military personnel were deployed to the US on September 6, including a 40-member diving team that has been helping the US Navy restore water navigation and inspect levees.
- A 4-ship task group carrying emergency supplies, small boats, helicopters, communication experts, divers, and Army engineers was sent to the affected area on September 7.
- The Canadian Air Force provided two CH-146 Griffin helicopters to cover the US Coast Guard's Boston area search and rescue needs, to free USCG helicopters for Katrina operations.
- The Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC held an all-day fundraiser on September 7 that collected over $20,000 for Red Cross Katrina relief work.
For more information, see:
Canadian Ally (a Government of Canada information Web site)
Ambassador McKenna's Letter to Rep. Dennis Hastert, Sept. 2, 2005
I have heard from many Canadians from across Canada and from those living the United States about what they, and the Canadian government, can do to help. I am writing to you today to tell you that Canada stands with you - as friends and as family....
Open Letter to Canada by U.S. Ambassador David H. Wilkins, September 8, 2005
Four years after the devastating terror attacks of September 11, 2001, my country finds itself once again hurting deeply.
And today - just as it did four years ago - Canada has come to our aid early and eagerly.
On behalf of my grateful country: Thank you Canada for once again being there when we need you the most....
"Canadian Sailors Storm Mississippi Beach, Aiding in Hurricane Cleanup," by Murray Brewster - Canadian Press (CP), 13 Sept 2005
Armed with chainsaws, shovels and rakes, a company of Canadian sailors from two warships landed on a beach near Biloxi, Miss., to begin the task of clearing debris left by hurricane Katrina.
A shore party of up to 300 sailors is expected to spend the next couple of weeks toiling in 35 C heat, helping to rebuild schools, hospitals and other public buildings....