Christian relief organization will work with volunteers to aid in flood
CALGARY, May 11 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada will send its specially
equipped Disaster Relief Unit to southern Quebec and recruit
volunteers to clean up homes after severe flooding there.
The Christian relief organization will focus its clean-up efforts on
communities along the Richelieu River, where rising waters have forced
more than 2,800 residents from their homes. Samaritan's Purse will
work with other aid organizations and local partners to provide
"Samaritan's Purse is committed to helping communities in Quebec recover
from the flooding," said Stephen Joudry, who will manage the relief
effort. "Our first priority will be to assist the elderly, the
disabled, or those unable to clean up their homes on their own, but we
also want to be available to anyone who needs help."
Pastor Serge Breaults of the Noyan Alliance Church, where flooding has
been severe, told Samaritan's Purse: "The fact people care and are
coming from other parts of the country to help will be very comforting
to people in the area. People are getting tired after two weeks of
dealing with the flooding. It has lasted so long. Helping out during
the flood is urgent, but the clean-up is not exciting. When the water
is gone, people (like those from Samaritan's Purse) who will help clean
up the mess will be welcome."
Samaritan's Purse must wait until the flood waters recede - which may
take two weeks - before the clean-up work can begin. In preparation,
Samaritan's Purse is meeting with local homeowners, recruiting and
training volunteers, and preparing to drive its New Brunswick-based
Disaster Relief Unit to Quebec and establish it in Noyan, a town about
70 kilometers south of Montreal.
The unit is a truck and trailer outfitted with essential disaster
recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety
gear for volunteers. It also serves as a volunteer coordination centre,
and is equipped with a self-contained office, communications system,
and other supplies.
To support the Quebec relief effort, please call 1-800-663-6500 or visit www.samaritanspurse.ca (click on "Donate"). Samaritan's Purse has made an initial commitment of
$50,000 to cover the cost of the early stages of the relief operation
in Quebec. The Disaster Relief Unit - and another based in Calgary -
has helped Samaritan's Purse respond to natural disasters all across
Canada in recent years, including Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland,
floods in New Brunswick and in British Columbia, and a violent wind
storm in Ontario.
Samaritan's Purse invites volunteers to join its clean-up efforts in the
Noyan-Henryville-Clarenceville area. Volunteers will pump out water,
remove soggy debris, treat homes for mould, and perform other recovery
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 70 countries to help victims
of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The
charity also operates the well-known Operation Christmas Child program
that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children around the world
each year, and the Turn on the Tap initiative that raises funds for
life-saving BioSand Water Filters in the developing world. Go to www.samaritanspurse.ca.
SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada
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