One week before Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency for the city of Ottawa, and on Good Friday, local Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Personnel mobilized to provide food and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by flooding along the Ottawa River.
As waters continued to rise, more and more volunteers came out to sandbag. To meet the increase in numbers of people who needed our services, additional Salvation Army personnel came from across the country to assist with relief efforts. To date, more than 5,000 meals have been provided by The Salvation Army.
“To date, more than 5,000 meals have been provided by The Salvation Army.”
“At the canteen location I served at, people worked hard on sandbagging to protect their homes,” says one Salvation Army volunteer. “Many said their spirits, and energy received a boost when they saw The Salvation Army.”
“Flooding can have devastating impacts on people,” says Glenn van Gulik, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations. “When you donate, you give hope and much-needed relief.”
At another canteen location, an elderly couple, who were forced to evacuate their home due to high carbon monoxide levels, appreciated the listening ear and hot meal they received. Living through the floods of 2017, they felt they were better prepared by sandbagging, but river water continues to creep up their lawn.
“When you donate, you give hope and much-needed relief.”
“The Ottawa River continues to rise above peak levels seen in 2017,” says van Gulik. “Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Personnel will support relief efforts as long as necessary.”
In Canada, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program began back in December 1917 in response to the Halifax Disaster. Today, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services has grown into an international network involving thousands of trained personnel worldwide, including many volunteers.
To donate, please visit https://www.salvationarmy.ca/floodresponse.