Bill is one of more than 10,000 city volunteers who are helping their neighbours sandbag to protect homes and minimize damage from flooding.
“The people we are helping are our neighbours and friends,” says Bill. “This is what community is about.
“The Salvation Army’s food truck was here at the right time giving me what I needed to refuel.”
“Sandbagging is back-breaking work,” continues Bill. “The Salvation Army’s food truck was here at the right time giving me what I needed to refuel.”
Water levels are expected to crest in the city on Wednesday and Thursday. Some communities along the Ottawa River are already seeing waters higher than they saw in the 2017 flood, with the others a few centimetres away from topping two years ago.
“Without the support of our generous donors we would be unable to meet the physical and emotional needs of people who are in the midst of crisis,” says Captain Kathleen Ingram, Incident Commander. “We are truly grateful for all who are coming alongside.”
To date, The Salvation Army has provided more than 5,000 hot meals to volunteers that include soup, sandwiches, spaghetti, chili and buns.
“That support helped me get through a tough day.”
“Sandbagging is physically demanding,” says Erin, volunteer and mother of two. “The Salvation Army’s food services gave me a boost of energy and their sense of compassion boosted my morale. That support helped me get through a tough day.”
To support the work of The Salvation Army’s flood relief efforts visit https://www.salvationarmy.ca/floodresponse.