|The flood even made the small town Maine paper|
|the good kind of waterfront (we spent the weekend surrounded by great scenery and great people)|
The bright spots have been seeing people come together and want to help each other. I've always known that people in Calgary are great - but when more than 7,000 people show up when they put out the call for 600 volunteers? That is awesome. And seeing the mayor stay awake so long to try to get things "under control" that a #nap4nenshi hashtag needed to be used? Also great. The Calgary Food Trucks feeding volunteers for for free and others for a donation to the Red Cross? Awesome as well. Plus, this ridiculously photogenic firefighter from Nanton, AB has made pretty much everyone smile:
Want to help? The Red Cross is taking donations. And the Morley Food Bank needs help too. If you're in Calgary - YYC Helps is organizing crews of volunteers. And I'm sure there are countless other ways to help. Try following the #yycflood hashtag to see if anyone needs help and Nenshi is tweeting up a storm with links and information. Or if you know anyone in the city or surrounding areas (I'm sure High River will need a lot of help) - put out a call to those people and see if they need anything. Even just a "I'm glad you're ok and I'm thinking of you" might at least make someone smile.
And if you're in Calgary and need a smile, if the firefighter didn't do it, how about a kid and her great-aunt playing with bubbles?
|does it get much happier than playing with bubbles? photo credit to my cousin Jill via Heather/@mrsbrillinger|
*So clearly I can say more than "wow"
EDITED TO ADD:
The Calgary Food Bank needs cash donations as well: http://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/