A flood of help 0
ALMOST IMMEDIATELY after the waters of the Gull River started flooding the foundations of homes along Minden’s streets, people were talking about donations.
It’s a testament to our community that when one town needs help, everyone jumps to assist.
People were volunteering their time filling sandbags, others were helping evacuate homes and donation jars started springing up.
Unfortunately, alongside good-hearted donation drives are nefarious ones as well.
On Friday, the Ontario Provincial Police released a statement about fraudulent flood relief.
Apparently, in the midst of humanitarian actions across the province, some people are trying to personally profit off of Minden and other central Ontario towns’ misfortune.
“The OPP is strongly urging anyone who may wish to support any fundraising initiatives that may be underway or planned for the future, to make sure that they visit the websites of those communities that have been directly affected by the flood waters. These websites will assist with identifying how and where donations can be officially directed so that they make it to their intended destination and not into the wrong hands,” the release states.
While Minden Hills has been quick to get started on a flood relief fund, it still took them a few days.
In the meantime, those eager to help have created several online groups with various flood-related names causing confusion as to who is behind them and where the money is going.
For those eager to donate, the best option is to defer to Minden Hills itself.
The website www.mindenhills.ca has information on donations, or you can call the township. (More information on page 31 of this paper.)
You can also contribute to various community fundraising activities, but as the police advise, make sure the source is reputable.
For those wanting to roll their sleeves up, a group of citizens is holding a public meeting to brainstorm fundraising ideas on May 6 at the Minden Legion at 7 p.m.
Minden desperately needs the public’s help – please ensure you’re giving to the right cause.