As many people have heard Southern Alberta was flooded last week. Several communities were affected and the waters have kept going to affect Medicine Hat on it’s way to Saskatchewan. Our neighbours in Canmore, the Siksika Nation and High River were hit extremely hard. Some have not been allowed back to survey they damage as it is still too dangerous.
Fortunately many people were not greatly affected, and are ready to help out those that were. If you are one of those wishing to do your bit to help then all you have to do is look around to find an opportunity that suits you. Many organizations are accepting monetary donations to help rebuild such as the Canadian Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse. As for other donation opportunities look at the Dream Centre or Mustard Seed to see what is needed most.
If you have time to go out and help or have other resources, register to volunteer where you are needed most. Visit YYC Helps or the Calgary City blog to find out more. It will take time to build back the communities hit hardest, so lets see if we can stay involved through it all!
I consider myself lucky to live in a place where so many people are willing to help others when something like this happens, and it doesn’t happen to this extent often. I can’t imagine living somewhere where natural disasters or conflicts are a part of day to day life. Being an active member in a community brings us a sense of purpose and brings us closer together, so lend a hand wherever you are. Work towards building community where you live or where your heart lives. There are many great organizations out there that can use the help. So go out, make new friends and make someone smile!