Helping out with flood relief for the first time

Before I start talking about this week’s 52 in 52 activity, I’d like to thank the thousands of volunteers, members of the Canadian Forces, first responders and anyone else who helped in Ottawa River flood relief!

And, by no means did I treat my volunteering as something frivolous or trivial.  The experience was very humbling, and made me realize how lucky we all are to live in a community who’s citizens will drop everything to help their neighbours when they’re in need!

On Wednesday in lieu of our bi-weekly staff meeting, the folks from boom 99.7 and Jump 106.9 fanned out across the city with supplies for flood relief volunteers and to help out where we could for a couple of hours.

Me and another announcer headed West to Dunrobin, where we met up with fellow boom 99.7 personality Gonzo at the community centre there, where we signed up as volunteers.  Our trio then boarded a shuttle bus, which took us to the Armitage Avenue area, just down the road from the hard hit Constance Bay.

Once there, we joined other volunteers to help fill sandbags and pile them up so they could be taken away to areas where they were needed.

Thankfully the worst of the flooding is now behind us, but there are still lots of people in need! Please volunteer once the major clean up begins, or donate to one of the support organizations.

Financial donations

The Canadian Red Cross is coordinating financial donations, which will support individuals, families and communities that have been affected by flooding in Ontario.

Food donations

The Ottawa Food Bank is accepting food donations for those affected by the Spring flooding. Food drop-off locations can be found on the Ottawa Food Bank’s website.

Clothing, furniture and household donations

The Salvation Army is accepting donations of clothing, furniture and household items in anticipation of increased requests from residents affected by flooding. You can donate items in person at Salvation Army thrift stores

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My challenge of trying 52 new things in 52 weeks continues! Stay tuned, come back here or follow me on Twitter, and/or Instagram to find out what I’ll be doing next!!

 

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