After devastating and catastrophic flooding hit the province weeks ago, staff and students at SFU and others are coming together to help the communities hit hard.
Abbotsford, Merritt, Princeton are just a few of the communities that suffered heartbreak and chaos as they were evacuated from their homes. Livestock was lost and many had their livelihoods taken by mother nature.
Major highways and routes throughout B.C. were closed due to mudslides, with many being trapped in their cars for more than one night. Other roads were destroyed completely. Crews continue to work day and night to fix what they can.
"This is not a time for words, but to mobilize and take action," a media release from SFU says.
"These are our colleagues, students, neighbours and friends and our hearts go out to anyone impacted by this catastrophe now and over the coming months."
The school says its three campuses, SFSS, GSS, clubs, faculty, staff groups, SFU Childcare, Highlands Elementary School, Point Church and UniverCity Community Association are collaborating with local and regional agencies to help those suffering hardship.
As of today (Nov. 29), the university will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries and new, unwrapped toys across all three of its campuses.
Donations can be dropped of at the following locations:
- Belzberg Library
- Harbour Centre Security Desk
- Fraser Library
- Security desks
- Bennett Library
- Bookstore and Spirit Shop (MBC 2100)
- Student Union Building (SUB)
- Multhfaith Centre (AQ 3200)
Service partners Chartwells have also said they will be matching SFU community food donations, pound for pound.
Gift wrapping of toy donations is also being provided by the community.
"Together, our SFU community and valued partners can make an impact to help those in need."