Alberta flood assistance showing that we aren’t a ‘me’ society

While many say that society has become too selfish and too self-centered, there always reminders that the statement is not true.

While many are quick to say that society has become too selfish and too self-centered, there always reminders that the statement is not true.

Case in point, the floods in Alberta. The situation is dire with some saying it could take a decade for the province to recover from the disaster and residents of the province are said to be looking to the government for help.

The flooding was so bad, the bottom part of Calgary’s Saddledome was said to be completely flooded.

But if you took a quick gander at Facebook, you would’ve seen and still continue to see people wishing their Albertan friends, or people in Alberta in general well.

There are also numerous stories of people volunteering to help out the victims. According to a report, a volunteer movement is spreading through the help of social media site Twitter and is gaining traction.

Operators from the City of Vancouver and BC Hydro crews are said to be ready to help out their brethren to the east.

The same for members of the Salvation Army from across the province.

B.C.’s Health Ministry is said to be offering a number of services to flood-stricken Albertans, including the health-care professionals, health inspectors amongst other things.

Alberta’s neighbours to the east are offering a helping hand as well.

Saskatchewan has sent divers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to assist according to reports and it has also sent a water rescue team and equipment as well. The number of other instances of people offering and assist are far too numerous to mention here.

The point is, even though there are more people with a “me, me, me” attitude, there are exponentially more that have a “give, give, give” attitude and hearing all the stories of volunteers, soldiers, firefighters helping those in need.

It’s easy to be cynical based on all the bad that is happening in the world but there are good things happening in the world too.

– Karl Yu is editor of the Grand Forks Gazette

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