With recent severe flooding in the area, many homeowners in the nearby City of Burlington have suffered extreme damage and loss to their homes and belongings. Fortunately there are organizations like Samaritan’s Purse sending in Disaster Relief to assist struggling flood victims. According to a recent news release;
"Samaritan’s Purse Canada has sent one of its specially-equipped Disaster Relief Units to Burlington, and is recruiting volunteers and donations to clean up homes in response to recent flash flooding that has damaged as many as 1,000 homes in the region.
“People in these communities are struggling,” said Darren Tosh, Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s projects director. “We’ve been monitoring the situation to gather information about the flood damage, and we are in contact with churches and other non-government partners in the area to provide an urgently needed, coordinated response.”
The Disaster Relief Unit is a tractor trailer outfitted with essential disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers. It also serves as a volunteer coordination center, and is equipped with a self-contained office, communications system, and other supplies. Anyone in the Burlington region needing assistance or wanting to volunteer can call 1-905-592-1874.
“I would like to thank Samaritan’s Purse for helping Burlington recover from the devastating impact of the August 4 storm which produced so much rain in so little time and affected so many,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “Having a compassionate organization like Samaritan’s Purse help lead the cleanup effort, mobilizing volunteers in Burlington, is a very valuable gift.”
In recent years, the non-profit organization has responded to a wide variety of natural disasters in Canada including massive flooding last June in southern Alberta, plus flooding in New Brunswick, Quebec, and British Columbia, forest fires in Alberta, and a tornado in Ontario."
Samaritan’s Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and development organization that aids victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The charity also operates Operation Christmas Child, which sends thousands of shoeboxes, filled with gifts, to hurting children all over the world. If you are interested in donating to disaster relief efforts internationally or right here in the Burlington area or if you would like to participate in the Christmas shoebox program, visit SamaritansPurse.ca or call 1-800-663-6500 to get more details about how you can help.