A community group took to the skies to provide a hot meal to the hundreds of truckers stranded in Hope, BC by the recent flood.
Every major transport route between the Lower Mainland and the Interior runs between Saturday and Monday BC.
Volunteers at Khalsa Aid Canada spent long hours cooking and packing food for the nearly 300 truckers in Hope.
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“They’ve run out of food they’re packing from home,” said Baljit Kaur Lally, Khalsa Aid Canada’s Lower Mainland coordinator.
“So the biggest thing is food and tea. Then I’m sure there were a lot of people stranded there and they could use fresh fruit, so we thought we had it packed.”
Lally said the plans came together quickly on Tuesday after seeing a Facebook post about truckers in need of help. He called on volunteers to go shopping for milk, tea, sugar, fruit and non-perishable products.
A group of volunteers at the BC Khalsa Darbar Society in Vancouver took him there.
“Here at the gurdwara, the kitchens are run by our sweet, retired ‘aunts’, we call them. Every old person is our ‘aunt’ or ‘uncle’,” said Lally. “So they were here at five in the morning to cook, as well as the priests here.”
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“They all came together… and we are here to reap the fruits of their labor and deliver it to people who really need it.”
When London Air Services received a call from Khalsa Aid, they immediately agreed to donate a flight.
““It’s a great organization for Khalsa Aid,” said Dylan Thomas, head of London Air Services. “They respond very quickly and in some cases faster than the government.”
Thomas added that they are happy to volunteer their time.
Truckers are the backbone of our Canadian economy,” he said.
“There are truckers who are stuck in Umut and cannot leave their cargo behind. This is their responsibility. These truckers will be there for a while. That’s why we donated this flight to them.”
– With files from The Canadian Press
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