Samaritan's Purse calls for more volunteers to aid Alberta's flood damaged communities (August 6, 2013)

Written by Katie Schneider

Published by Calgary Sun on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Donor fatigue may have set it, but Samaritan’s Purse is hoping volunteers will once again step up to help those still cleaning up their flood-damaged homes.

The Christian relief organization has so far lent a hand cleaning up more than 600 homes in Calgary and other southern Alberta communities affected by June’s floods, but it needs help completing 100 more in High River and the Siksika Nation.

Thanks to donations, the organization has equipped more than 4,000 trained volunteers with the tools they need to help clear out mud and ruined possessions, remove water logged drywall and insulation and spray disinfectant to prevent mould.

Samaritan’s Purse spokesman Frank King said despite a great turn out following the flood, volunteers have trickled off due to donor fatigue or dwindling interest, or because they feel they have done their part.

“There is a sense everything is taken care of,” he said.

“We are not there yet.

“We see the finish line — we want to finish as well as we possibly can.”

After all, there are still many people who need a hand.

“We don’t want to see them left behind,” he said.

He said 25 people per day are needed to help in Siksika until Saturday, and 25 in High River.

In High River homeowners have until Friday to request flood cleanup help from Samaritan’s Purse.

Those needing assistance are asked to phone by Friday.

Anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief work in Canada and around the world, can call 1-866-628-6565 or visit SamaritansPurse.ca

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