Canadians across the country are responding to the massive flooding that has hit southern Alberta, with more than $5.4 million in personal and corporate donations already raised by the Canadian Red Cross. Here's how you can help:
The Red Cross is taking donations, and they have also set up a hot line at 1-866-696-6484, for anyone to call to reconnect with loved-ones. The Salvation Army is also accepting donations at the website or by calling 1-800-725-2769.
There are pages to go to offer your help to different communities — such as the Calgary Clean Up Facebook page, the Bow Valley and Region Community Clean Up Effort facebook page to help those in Banff, Canmore and Bragg Creek, and the High River Flood Support facebook page to help those in the High River area.
If you wish to donate goods, there are wish lists posted on many sites, along with where donations can be dropped off — including the Alberta Animal Rescue Society, Alpha House, the Calgary Humane Society and Neighbour Link Calgary.
The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre is also seeking various goods and supplies including socks, underwear, hygiene supplies, bug spray, blankets and pillows, towels and plungers. The centre is also looking for volunteers and donations. Call 403-699-8260.
Some of the worst-hit communities, such as the Siksika Nation, east of Calgary, needs volunteers and donations, calling for men's and women's shoes (of all sizes), men's and women's socks and underwear (new, of course), diapers sizes 4-6, bug spray, and games and entertain for children, but also (according to their Facebook page, which also has phone numbers to call to arrange drop-off) pillows, blankets, men's clothing, maternity clothes, and gift cards.
Also, the residents of Morley are in need of clothing, food, blankets and other necessities, which can be taken to Morley community school.
(With files from Scott Sutherland and The CBC)
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