Relief organization helping residents with flood recovery
CALGARY, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada has sent its
specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit to southern Quebec and is
recruiting volunteers to clean up homes after severe flooding there.
Now based at the Alliance Church in Noyan, about 70 kilometers south of
Montreal, the Disaster Relief Unit had been on standby since May when
the flooding first hit. Now that the flood waters have finally begun to
recede, staff and volunteers are hard at work assisting homeowners with
pump-outs, debris removal, contents recovery, and mold remediation.
"People affected by the flooding have waited so long to come home," said
Stephen Joudry, who is managing the relief effort. "And Samaritan's
Purse is helping those who need it the most, especially the elderly,
the disabled, or those unable to clean up their homes on their own."
Residents in Noyan, Clarenceville, Henryville and surrounding
municipalities requiring free clean-up assistance from Samaritan's
Purse can call 1-866-628-6565.
"We appreciate the help being offered by Samaritan's Purse," said Owen
MacCallum, Noyan Village Councilor. "There are a lot of people
emotionally down—a fresh burst of help from outside will not only help
physically, but also emotionally."
The Disaster Relief 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.
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 mold, and perform other recovery
work. For more information call 1-866-628-6565.
To support the Quebec relief effort, please call 1-800-663-6500 or visit samaritanspurse.ca (click on "Donate"). Samaritan's Purse has made an initial commitment of
$50,000 towards 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 British Columbia, a violent wind storm in Ontario, and
most recently the wildfires in Slave Lake, AB.
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 samaritanspurse.ca.
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