Where Were You During the Big Flood of 2013?

June 4, 2014

A volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse shares their thoughts about volunteering during the High River Spring Clean-Up Days.

Where were you during the big Alberta flood of 2013? Many people have vivid memories of those days, and an interesting story or two to tell. But for some of us, they are distant memories.

However, nearly a year after the flood, there are many homes in High River still needing repairs and yards requiring untold hours of TLC. For those whose lives are still being put back together, the flood is NOT just a memory and it is NOT just a story to tell. For them, every day serves as a reminder of the devastation that came with the floodwaters; every day is another chance to try and restore what was lost. Their story is still being written.

Recently, I had the privilege of volunteering in High River with Samaritan’s Purse for one of their Spring Clean-Up Days. As volunteers, we tackled what seemed like tedious and inconsequential yard-work consisting of raking leaves, cleaning flower beds, restoring garden areas, and more. However, a visit by the homeowner quickly reinforced how valuable it was to them to have their yard restored. And it wasn’t only their words of thanks that showed their gratitude, it was the expression on their face and the emotion in their voice.

At that moment, I was reminded that it wasn’t about tedious and inconsequential yard-work at all. Rather, it was about having the chance to express love for a neighbor; it was about letting them know that they matter and we care. It was a chance to be a chapter in their story!

 Melanie Sarp2