Christian relief organization will recruit volunteers and assist with
CALGARY, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada is sending its
specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit to northern Ontario and will
recruit volunteers to clean up homes and businesses in response to
flooding in Thunder Bay, sparked by heavy rain and a breakdown of the
city's sewage pumping station.
The city has declared a state of emergency and is requesting assistance.
"We have been monitoring the situation to gather information about the
damage, and we are in contact with churches and other non-government
partners in the area to form a coordinated response," said Fred Weiss,
Samaritan's Purse Canada's executive director.
The Christian relief and development organization, in preparation for
the clean-up, will begin meeting with local homeowners, recruiting and
training volunteers, and driving its Calgary-based Disaster Relief Unit
to Thunder Bay.
The Disaster Relief Unit is a tractor trailor outfitted with essential
disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools,
and safety gear for volunteers. It also serves as a volunteer
coordination center, and is equipped with a self-contained office,
communications system, and other supplies.
More than 500 Thunder Bay homeowners have contacted the city requesting
flood assistance. Samaritan's Purse is working in partnership with
Mennonite Disaster Relief Services, another faith-based organization
providing flood relief in Thunder Bay.
Samaritan's Purse has other Disaster Relief Units based in southern
Ontario and Moncton, New Brunswick. In recent years, we have responded
to flooding in New Brunswick, Quebec and British Columbia; to forest
fires in Slave Lake, AB; to a tornado in Leamington, ON; and to
Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland.
Samaritan's Purse also responds to international disasters - including
Hurricane Ida in Nicaragua in 2009, the enormous earthquake in Haiti in
2010, and the devastating earthquake/tsunami in Japan last year. The
Calgary-based charity is continuing to assist in Haiti and Japan.
To support Samaritan's Purse's disaster relief efforts, please visit http://www.samaritanspurse.ca (click on "Donate") or call 1-800-663-6500.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 60 countries to help victims
of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The
Christian 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 http://www.samaritanspurse.ca.
SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada
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