Samaritan's Purse wrapping up relief work on the Island

Rachel Olson flew from Alberta to join Samaritan's Purse cleanup efforts on P.E.I., and is one of the other 300 volunteers with the organization.  (Brent Davis - image credit)
Rachel Olson flew from Alberta to join Samaritan's Purse cleanup efforts on P.E.I., and is one of the other 300 volunteers with the organization. (Brent Davis - image credit)

After more than a month of helping cleanup efforts across P.E.I., crews with Samaritan's Purse are aiming to wrap up their relief work on the Island early next week.

The Christian relief organization has had crews on the Island since Sept. 29, helping property owners in the aftermath of post-tropical storm Fiona.

"This is actually our second-largest response to date in Canadian history, and so it was a long response," said Tammy Suitor, the organization's Canadian disaster relief manager.

Suitor said the organization has helped close to 300 homeowners in cleaning up fallen trees and debris and covering damaged roofs with tarps.

Brent Davis
Brent Davis

She said there are about 30 more jobs planned over the next few days.

"We've had really good volunteer turnout, so we've been averaging about 10 [jobs] a day," she said.

Suitor said the organization's efforts have been supported by close to 300 volunteers, with more than half of those volunteers coming from away.

Volunteers have been seeing an incredible amount of support from the community, Suitor said, such as being offered coffee, cinnamon buns and carrot cake from the families they are helping.

Being on the Island to help out and seeing the response has been a blessing, Suitor added.

"Even though people are going through hard times and you know, this was pretty tragic for some families, they have just welcomed us with open arms."