The Salvation Army along with a number of organizations and businesses provided breakfast, lunch and dinner in area parks where people gathered.
Hundreds of volunteers worked tirelessly to support their neighbours with everything from donating goods, helping with meals, clean up, repairs, knocking on doors to offer help and supporting those with mobility issues and seniors in need.
In Barrhaven, Paul and his family came out to Larkin Park on Sunday afternoon to be with their neighbours.
“Community support has been spectacular here, I’m really impressed that when a tragic event happens and there are so many people in need all the neighbours are out helping each other and everyone is being friendly and asking each other what they can do,” said Paul. “We really feel bad about how hard some of the other neighbourhoods were hit. When I was driving home I was on Greenbank and saw all the hydro poles coming down so I tried to avoid that and I drove through the Craig Henry neighbourhood only to see all the trees falling down.”
Community members spoke about how wonderful it was to see people out helping each other with clean up. Many in the Craig Henry and Arlington Woods neighbourhood spoke of trees that fell on homes, fences, driveways and roofs that were badly damaged or nearly blown away from the high winds.
“We haven’t been able to cook so when we heard hot meals were being served we decided to come down here to the park,” said Ken, a resident from the Craig Henry neighbourhood. “The Salvation Army is terrific; whenever you hear about a disaster they always come out and help.”
“In my neighbourhood they are self-organizing to help each other out with the damage, but I think the Salvation Army bringing out the food truck since we can’t cook anything is a really nice gesture,” said area resident C.K. Wong. “It’s very bad. About one quarter of the houses lost shingles on their roof and you can see the plywood. A lot of the 30 to 40 year old trees have been uprooted.”
“The park has had several trees ripped up and the play structure and splash pad have been wiped away. My neighbour had a tree come crashing through the roof of the garage,” said Mike, a resident on Sovereign Avenue off of Craig Henry Drive. “When you don’t have a hot shower or the ability to make a hot meal it’s nice to have somewhere to turn to for sure.”
“My neighbour Shirley and I were walking around the neighbourhood and someone said they heard there was going to be hot meals at the Manordale Community Centre (Craig Henry neighbourhood) so we thought that would be good after a couple of days of cold food,” said area resident Pat Cottrell. “It’s very nice to see The Salvation Army here helping out in the community and we are going to be making a donation to The Salvation Army. We thank them for coming out.”
To help those affected by the tornadoes please donate to The Salvation Army at www.salvationarmy.ca/donate
In addition to providing meals we will be supporting individuals and families with vouchers for our thrift store for clothing, furniture and household items.
If you would like to make in kind donations please donate to one of our 8 thrift stores around the city. Please visit www.thriftstore.ca or call 613-247-1435 for furniture pick up.