Fresh off their Girls Prairie League Softball finals win in Edmonton, a few members of the Bantam Aces were wondering how they could lend a hand to the evacuees.
Several of the girls took it upon themselves to donate time at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, helping to, among other things, sort clothes.
Staff members were extremely thankful for the help. One staff member, Betty Dunn, was delighted to talk softball while they worked, being that she once was a catcher, “ back in the day.”
The girls said they are proof that anyone can lend a hand, and are encouraging other community members to help out.
Meanwhile across the city, mountains of clothing fill the tables at the Senator Allen Bird Memorial Centre. Volunteers have been doing their best to keep up with all the donations coming in.
On one wall, there are boxes of toys. Within arms-reach is a collection of books and household supplies.
During Monday night’s city council meeting, Fire Chief Jason Everitt said there are between 3,000 and 5,000 evacuees in Prince Albert. He said the majority are staying with friends and family, hundreds more at staying at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Carlton High School.
At this time there is no word on when they will be allowed to return home.
A store employee at the Salvation Army Thrift Store told paNOW they need toys, summer clothing like bathing suits, as well as coats, and blankets.
Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation is hosting a relief concert Friday night.
The band leaders are encouraging people to bring non-perishable food items as well as clothing.
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