Today I had the great honour of delivering paintings to two beautiful young ladies, Monroe & Foster in High River who lost all their personal belongings during the flood in High River this past spring. Such a pleasure to be able to return a little of what they lost. Their home was located near the highway in the highest spot of the community and yet they were still affected greatly by the raging river.
I haven't been to High River since the flood and was saddened to see so many homes and businesses still boarded up and gutted. Beautiful old buildings in the heart of town are still undergoing major renovations and many residents are still homeless.
My family moved to Alberta the year after the Manitoba flood seventeen years ago and I know that there are still people who have never recovered a portion of what they lost. I hope that we continue to remember High River and help however we can...by visiting the town and supporting businesses and by contributing financially, through such initiatives as the High River Rotary Club, Project Christmas Hope for High River (www.facebook.com/projectchristmashope or call 403-603-0849) and also by contributing funds for gift cards for Southcenter Mall for those kids who have lost everything (call 403-818-3184).