Reposted from MCC.
It has now been several days since heavy rains caused massive flooding in southern B.C. The situation is rapidly evolving and we are actively assessing where our help might be needed. We are now inviting cash donations for our BC Flood Response for those impacted by heavy rains and flooding.
We are not at this time inviting donations of goods or material aid for those effected. There was an incorrect message from the City of Abbotsford and other outlets indicating that MCC thrift stores are receiving donated goods to be sent to flood victims. This is not the time for us to send unrequested donated goods into flood zones.
Our response is still in the process of being developed as we discern the needs that are not being met by others. At this time we are not involved with the front line emergency response. Our focus will be to assess the unmet needs of the most vulnerable members of our community and step into the gaps, support Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) in their response, and to support churches that are responding to the needs in their communities and congregations.
We are honored and humbled to be receiving offers of assistance, including volunteers and donated good, which we will track for future reference. At this point we can invite cash donations.
Your prayers are appreciated. Please consider all of those working on the front lines of this crisis, for families who have been forced from their homes or have lost loved ones, for farmers who have lost livestock, other businesses who have been deeply impacted, and for our civic leaders as they make challenging decisions.
With our deepest gratitude,
Wayne Bremner, Executive Director MCC BC
Original Story: mcccanada.ca/stories/mcc-bc-flood-response