The flood waters have dropped, exposing a lot of damage. So many people have been left devastated - jobless, homeless or grieving for loved ones.
It is absolutely heart-breaking.
Now people are starting their recovery. Their determination and perseverance are inspiring.
Through this tragedy, there are so many heartwarming stories of people doing what they can to help, however they can. Thousands upon thousands of people have made donations or volunteered to assist family, friends and complete strangers to deal with the overwhelming devastation they discovered when they returned to their homes. And, the emergency personnel and government / municipal officials have done an amazing job at trying to keep people safe and arranging aid as quickly as they can.
So many people have been helping in so many fabulous ways.
I have friends who have been volunteering day in and day out since the flood hit - offering evacuees shelter, organizing donations, cleaning, and, soon, rebuilding. I'm so proud of them.
And, of course, there are more well-known people doing great things too:
W. Brett Wilson, of Dragon's Den fame, posted this tweet on July 1st:
Today, he is donating $50,000!
Country singer Paul Brandt has been busy too (I mentioned him in an earlier post):
Country Singer George Canyon has organized "Team Canyon Clean-up" Crew to help one of the hardest hit communities.
The Calgary Stampede is also selling Hell or High Water T-Shirts as a fundraiser, apparently thousands have been purchased. (I bought one! I can't wait for it to arrive!) They even have a Heck or High Water T-Shirt for the kidlets.
And, through all this, I found an old university pal too! I saw the video below on Global TV on Tuesday and said: "Hey, a million years ago I went to university with a singer named Blake Reid!" So I googled him! It was the same guy! Cool! Blake Reid was a Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Showcase Artist in 2012 and wrote the following song, Hell or High Water, as a tribute to the flood victims. The song is a free download, but Blake asks on his website that people consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross in return. (This video was compiled by Global TV with some of their recent and poignant news videos of the flooding and aftermath).
By comparison, my little contribution is, well, little. Still, I am pleased to announce Devin's Second Chance, which was released on June 17th, reached over $30 in earnings in June! So, by doubling that total, I'll be adding to my original $100 donation by an additional $66 to the Alberta Flood Fund at the Canadian Red Cross.
Here is a breakdown of earnings from release on June 17 to the end of the month:
- Amazon - $16.32
- Kobo - $8.36
- All Romance eBooks - $3.59
- Smashwords - $4.58
- For a grand total of $32.85, which I'll multiply by 2 for a total donation of $65.70 (I'll round up to $66.)
I'd like to thank everyone who purchased my book in June for helping me make this donation! You are awesome!