Christian relief organization will work with volunteers to aid in flood
CALGARY, Dec. 22 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada is sending a Disaster
Relief Unit to Zealand, New Brunswick, to help local emergency
officials and residents clean-up after heavy rains caused extensive
flooding in the community.
The Disaster Relief Unit - a specially equipped trailer - will arrive on
Monday, Dec. 27 and be stationed at Burtts Corner Baptist Church. The
unit will serve as a volunteer coordination center for Zealand, a town
about 35 kilometers northwest of Fredericton. Samaritan's Purse will
work with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee and local
volunteers from the region to manage and provide clean-up and other
recovery assistance to residents.
"Our first focus will be to send volunteers to those most in need - the
elderly, the disabled, or those unable to clean up their homes on their
own," said Steve Joudry, the manager of Samaritan's Purse operations in
Zealand. "But we also want to be available to anyone who needs any help
getting their homes back to normal."
Anyone in the Zealand area requiring free clean-up assistance from
Samaritan's Purse can call 506-474-2401.
The Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Unit is outfitted with essential
disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools,
and safety gear for volunteers. It serves as a base for volunteer
response, 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
Zealand area. Volunteers will pump out water, remove soggy debris,
treat homes for mould, and perform other recovery work. Safety
equipment will be provided and volunteers will receive free on-site
training. To volunteer, please call 506-474-2401.
Donations are needed regularly to help stock and maintain the Disaster
Relief Units - one based in Eastern Canada and another in Western
Canada - so they can be deployed quickly wherever needed. The units
have served alongside Samaritan's Purse Relief Teams after Hurricane
Igor in Newfoundland, floods in Alberta and a violent wind storm in
Ontario in 2010, and after floods in New Brunswick in 2008. To support
the units' ongoing work, call 1-800-663-6500 or visit www.samaritanspurse.ca (click on "Donate").
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 70 countries to provide aid
to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution.
The Calgary-based 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 for more information.
SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada
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