The FLOOD of 2017
Springtime Thaws & Rain Bring More than Just Flowers
Canadian Cities & Towns in a State of Emergency
Days of consistent and heavy rains have placed many cities and towns into a state of emergency. Canadian Flood Victims need our help. I, like many others have friends and family in the areas affected. Here’s how we can help.
When it began to rain and I saw the look of my lawn, I was in shock. Rain had never built up to the way it had the day I took the photo.
In my own little world, I thought I was hard done by. It’s not until you see photos and videos rolling across your news feed posted by friends and the media or seeing the images appear on tv that you begin to realize that you are not that bad off.
People in Quebec,Ontario, British Columbia and Atlantic Canada are racing against the floodwaters to save their homes and businesses. I have family and friends living in some of the affected areas. I wish I could help in some way.
Here are ways that you can help if you can.
- Volunteer: Reach out to an organization. They may need help with sandbags
- Bring hot drinks and snacks out to those working hard at retaining the water.
- Just lend some support: it could just be some kind words of encouragement.
- Donate warm blankets, clothing & toiletries to local shelters or food banks. There are some people who have lost everything
- Donate money to a reputable organization
Most importantly, DO NOT be a tourist and venture into areas that are affected by the flooding. These areas are not a tourist attraction. A friend of mine who resides in Minden, Ontario has been helping with the relief efforts in her community is constantly having to ask people to not venture into the area to take photos of the flood. Minden is CLOSED.
The Red Cross of Canada is helping people by providing lodging, food, first aid, and providing cots and blankets.
“Donations to the Red Cross will support individuals, families and entire communities affected by the flooding. Support will be provided based on needs identified across impacted regions as we work alongside local authorities. This may include aid in the form of food, clothing, and shelter, or recovery assistance in the form of clean-up materials, household repairs and furniture replacements.”
If you wish to donate to the Red Cross Spring Floods Appeal please donate here.
If you wish to donate to those residing specifically in Quebec you can donate here.
To stay up to date and for further information please visit the Red Cross Website here: http://www.redcross.ca/about-us/red-cross-stories/2017/red-cross-responds-as-floods-impact-communities-in-quebec-and-across-canada
Christine is the proud mother of three amazing adults in their 20s, and one ‘fur baby’, a dog named Tracker who is never far from Christine’s side. A devoted gardener, during the spring and summer months Christine can normally be found tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. Living in Southern Ontario near Lake Erie, Christine enjoys spending time outdoors, is an avid hiker and fisher, including ice fishing in the winter months.
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