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[Anglican Journal]The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is sending a $15,000 grant to the Anglican Diocese of Calgary to help those affected by the severe floods that recently hit Calgary and southern Alberta.
PWRDF, the relief and development agency of the Anglican Church of Canada, announced that it is also accepting donations that will go toward areas of priority identified by the diocese. These include providing for the immediate needs of people from Siksika First Nation, where 1,000 people have been displaced, 280 homes have been destroyed and drinking water has to be trucked in.
Donations will also go toward the Calgary Urban Projects Society, which is providing food, transportation and diapers for 70 individuals who have been evacuated from their homes.
Funds will also be provided for the town of High River, as well as a drop-in centre that provides non-perishable food items, steel-toed work boots, toiletries, clothing and bedding.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), the relief agency of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), has also launched a similar appeal, as have other churches, including the United and Presbyterian churches.
Three people were killed and at least 100,000 displaced by the worst flooding the province has seen in decades, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Alberta government said 25 communities were in a state of local emergency after heavy rains caused rivers and creeks to overflow, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Media reports say that the community of High River, south of Calgary, remains under water, and its 13,000 residents have no power and other basic services.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford has told a press conference that cleanup efforts could take up to 10 years.
Go to http://pwrdf.org/donate
For credit card donations, contact:
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax
Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Alberta Floods, and send to:
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden St.
Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2