Food bank aims to pay back generosity of Albertans in need

Donations being accepted, places to stay also welcomed for those affected by flooding.

  • Jul. 3, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Layla and Sachi Kutschker help their aunt Janet McClean Senft encourage Sicamous residents to help support Albertans effected by recent flooding.

Layla and Sachi Kutschker help their aunt Janet McClean Senft encourage Sicamous residents to help support Albertans effected by recent flooding.

A movement is underway to return the generosity of Albertans who came to the aid of Sicamous residents in their time of need.

When Sicamous and Swansea Point were devastated by flooding last year, Calgary residents were among the first to jump in and offer help. The Calgary Food Bank’s Development coordinator, Karen Warrington, a part-time Swansea Point resident, knew just what to do and, within a few days a fully loaded semi trailer was on its way to Sicamous filled with food she knew would be needed to help the Eagle Valley Community Support Society meet the need in the months following the flood.

Now, it is Sicamous’s turn to pay it back.

“One can’t imagine that Calgary and southern Alberta ever considered it would be their province flooding only just a year after they “payed it forward” to Sicamous and Swansea Point,” says the support society’s Janet McClean Senft. “But such is the way with Mother Nature, and we must now do what we can to help”.

Donations for the Calgary Food Bank can be dropped off at the Eagle Valley Community Support Society at 1214 Shuswap Avenue in Sicamous, or by mail to Box 777, Sicamous B.C. V0E 2V0.

Also, if anyone has space for a flood affected family who could use a break from the city this summer, let  the support society know, and they will forward the information to agencies in Calgary that they can work with to make it happen.

“Let’s show them how a small but mighty town pitches in,” says Senft.