Shelter Shenanigans

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DSC_4515When it comes to temporary emergency shelters, there hasn’t much need in Sault Ste. Marie, but if the need arises you can bet the local branch of the Red Cross would quickly jump into action.

That’s just part of the work the Canadian Red Cross does here at home and around the world when volunteers are needed in times of tragedy.

Toronto, Ice Storm December 2013: The Canadian Red Cross actively responded in ten (10) municipalities in Southern Ontario, including Toronto, as a result of a severe winter storm. Canadian Red Cross provided or supported services at warming centres, reception centres and shelters that assisted over 1000 people.
Here in Sault Ste. Marie, the Canadian Red Cross Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Team assisted 54 individuals in 2013 and over 70 individuals in 2014. Assistance was as a result of floods, fires and other personal disasters. Disasters can have an affect on anyone in our community at anytime which was highlighted in the case of the Toronto Ice Storm.

Our local PDA team assists at no cost to the individual or family affected and assists in the form of food, clothing, shelter, and personal services. Of course these services do come at a cost to the Canadian Red Cross. It is mostly through the generous donations of Canadians that the Canadian Red Cross can continue to do this important work.

On Wednesday at the Station Mall, the Red Cross was up to some shenanigans to bring awareness to what the Red Cross provides and to raise some funds at the same time.

Shelter Shenanigans had emergency responders and local celebrities put up at a local shelter located in the Sears court of the Station Mall. Each “shelter resident” was asked to raise approximately $300 – half the cost of assisting one adult for 3 days with food, clothing, shelter and personal services after a devastating loss such as a house fire. These shelter residents will also be cared for in many similar ways individuals experience real life Red Cross shelters.

Councillor Judy Hupponen and Beverly McCoy, Red Cross volunteer
Councillor Judy Hupponen and Beverly McCoy, Red Cross volunteer
Food, clothing and emergency supplies are provided by the Red Cross during emergency situations
Food, clothing and emergency supplies are provided by the Red Cross during emergency situations