By Rhonda Massad
Three weeks into the flood crisis in three major West Island municipalities has flood victims, volunteers and community leaders tired but pushing forward. Two weeks ago Telus donated thousands of dollars in gas cards to boost volunteers who were delivering sandbags to troubled zones. Today, Telus stepped up yet again. They produced 200 back packs along with extra supplies to those who have been forced to leave their homes.
“I am very proud of the company I work for,” said Daniel Elie Khoury, lead volunteer in Pierrefonds-Roxboro. “The company has a very hands on policy with regards to volunteerism. As a whole we have given more than a million hours to local causes.”
The Telus team dropped off the packs at a centralized flood resource centre at the Holiday Inn in Pointe Claire. A group of volunteers led by Sabrina Maryse joined forces to create the Operation MTL Flood 2019 – Helping Hands. The mandate of the group is to give victims who have left their homes, a place to pick up much needed supplies.
“We prepare school lunches for working parents who are sleeping in hotels with their children,” said one volunteer who has been clocking 12 hour days at the Holiday Inn location.
The group also makes regular announcements on their Facebook page about where help is needed.