Florida woman helps out in Grand Forks flood relief

Florida woman helps out in Grand Forks flood relief

Jarrett paying it forward after Canadians helped Floridians following Hurricane Irma

People have been coming from far and wide to help out in Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts – including a woman who came from as far as Florida to lend a hand.

Florida resident Amy Jarrett travelled all the way to Grand Forks to join Samaritan’s Purse Canada in helping residents whose homes were flooded in May.

Jarrett, 43, has spent about a month with Samaritan’s Purse leading a team of volunteers who removed waterlogged household contents, then stripped away damaged flooring, drywall and insulation. All this was done at no cost to homeowners and made their homes ready for repair.

“We had to return the favor,” Jarrett said. “We love our Canadians, they accept us for who we are and love us for who we are.”

Jarrett’s motivation came after Samaritan’s Purse Canada sent an Ontario-based Disaster Relief Unit tractor trailer to Florida last year, along with Canadian staffers, to lead the clean up after Hurricane Irma left catastrophic damage in the town of Naples.

Amy and her husband, Mike, live about four hours’ drive from Naples but volunteered for 20 days with the Samaritan’s Purse Canada team. That’s where the connection was made that led to her setting her life aside to help Grand Forks residents – many of them seniors with chronic health problems and no flood insurance.

Samaritan’s Purse is still in need of volunteers six days a week – according to information at last Wednesday’s public meeting, they have worked on about 60 homes so far and are halfway through the work to be done. The team is set up at River Valley Community Church, and you can request help by calling 1-866-628-6565. Volunteers should register online at SamaritansPurse.ca, or show up in person at the River Valley Community Church. The day starts at 7:30 a.m. with a short training, but volunteers are welcome anytime.