Christian organization seeking donations, volunteers for Southern
Alberta Restoration Project
CALGARY, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse has launched a long-term project to help families
still struggling to make their homes livable after last June's
catastrophic flooding in southern Alberta.
When the floods forced 100,000 people from their homes, the Christian
relief and development organization rushed to help. Generous donor
support and nearly 5,000 volunteers from across Canada enabled
Samaritan's Purse to assist almost 800 families prepare their homes for
rebuild—all at no charge to the homeowners.
But many families are still without enough insurance, financial
resources, and/or technical help to rebuild. And so Samaritan's Purse
has launched its Southern Alberta Restoration Project. It will harness
years of international experience in disaster relief, including after
Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, to recruit and
mobilize volunteer teams to help as many as 70 families in the next 12
to 18 months.
The jobs Samaritan's Purse will tackle will include relocating heating
and electrical systems, insulating basements, and major restoration of
homes from the ground up in some cases. The Calgary-based organization
will focus on helping the elderly, people with disabilities, and single
parents, as well as the uninsured and the under-insured.
"We'll help vulnerable, flood-harmed families return to modest homes
that we've made safe and comfortable," said Brent Davis, Samaritan's
Purse Canada's Emergency and Disaster Response Manager.
Donations and Volunteers Needed
Samaritan's Purse is inviting individuals, churches, and organizations
from across Canada to help this project succeed. Donations are needed,
and so is a wide range of volunteers—from those capable of simply
pounding nails, to journeymen trades people. Saturday-only shifts are
available, but Samaritan's Purse primarily needs volunteers who can
serve for at least one week. Meals are provided for all volunteers and
those from outside Calgary will also receive free accommodations and
transportation between the accommodations and worksites.
To donate, call 1.800.663.6500 or visit SamaritansPurse.ca/restore, where you can register to volunteer and learn more about the Southern
Alberta Restoration Project. Volunteers can also register by calling
our Volunteer Hotline at 1.403.775.0053.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization that aids victims of war, disease, disaster,
poverty, famine, and persecution. The Calgary-based charity also
operates Operation Christmas Child, which sends gift-filled shoeboxes
to hurting children worldwide. Visit SamaritansPurse.ca to learn more.
SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
For further information:
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Frank King - Communications Manager - 1.800.663.6500 ext. 8720 or 403.990.0161