BC flood: Volunteers team up to deliver hot meals to stranded truck drivers in Hope – BC

A community group has been taken to heaven to provide a hot meal to hundreds of truck drivers stranded in Hope, BC, due to the recent floods.

All major transport routes between the lower mainland and the interior have been cut off by leaches, floods or landslides after record-breaking rainfall across the southern BC. between Saturday and Monday.

Volunteers at Khalsa Aid Canada have spent many hours cooking and packing food for the approximately 300 hauliers in Hope.


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“They have run out of food that they have packed from home,” said Baljit Kaur Lally, Lower Mainland coordinator for Khalsa Aid Canada.

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“So the biggest thing is food and tea. And because there are a lot of people stuck there and I’m sure they can use fresh fruit, we thought we had packed it. “

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Lally said plans quickly collapsed Tuesday after she saw a Facebook post about truck drivers needing help. She sent a call to volunteers who went shopping for items such as milk, tea, sugar, fruits and non-perishable items.

A group of volunteers at the BC Khalsa Darbar Society in Vancouver took it from there.

“Here at gurdwara, the kitchens are run by our sweet, retired ‘aunts’, we call them. Every older person is our ‘aunt’ or ‘uncle’, ”Lally said. “So they were here at five in the morning and cooking, as well as the priests here. ”


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“They all fought … and we’re here to pack the fruits of their labor and bring it out to the people who really need it.”

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When London Air Services received a call from Khalsa Aid, they immediately agreed to donate a plane.

They are a fantastic organization, ”said London Air Services President Dylan Thomas about Khalsa Aid. “They respond very quickly and in some cases faster than the government.”

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Thomas added that they were happy to give their time voluntarily.

“Truck drivers are the backbone of our Canadian economy,” he said.

“There are hauliers stranded in Hope who can not leave their cargo. It is their responsibility. These hauliers are going to be there for a while. So we have donated this flight to them.”

– with files from The Canadian Press

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