Vancouver, B.C. – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (“West Fraser” or the “Company”) (TSX: WFT) announced its operations are collectively distributing more than $400,000 in donations to various community groups to help families during the holidays. Donations are being made to organizations in 38 communities across North America, primarily directed to putting meals on the table for people over the holidays.
“This year has been challenging for our employees and communities, and the impacts are often most keenly felt over the holiday season,” shared Ray Ferris, President and CEO of West Fraser. “We want to help our communities and those facing difficult circumstances where we can. I am proud that every West Fraser operation is dedicating funds to help those in need and to provide some support so the holidays may be a little bit brighter.”
West Fraser’s facilities are working with community organizations such as food banks, holiday hampers, emergency shelters, friendship centres and other community services. The focus for donations is to help individuals, couples and families that need support as a result of the pandemic and the related economic challenges at the close of the year. Each division has identified local community organizations to distribute food and support. Working closely with community leaders and service organizations, for example, West Fraser employees throughout the Company’s U.S. southwest locations are giving an estimated 2,600 hams and turkeys directly to people in their communities.
West Fraser’s charitable efforts are focused on enhancing the quality of life in rural communities where the Company operates, particularly through charitable contributions to community amenities, sports, health and wellness, forestry education and scholarship programs.
West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp, newsprint, wood chips, other residuals, and energy with facilities in western Canada and the southern United States.