Social media users offer dry clothing, places to stay for flood evacuees
WATCH: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi applauded the efforts of citizens trying to help during a press conference on Friday morning.
TORONTO – As flood waters rose in Calgary on Friday, support continued to pour in over social media outlets for those displaced.
Users on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit reached out to offer aid to those affected by the flooding – from those offering dry clothing donations, to entire families offering to put a roof over someone’s head until they are able to return home.
“My wife , kids, and I, are offering a place to stay for any families (with kids) that need a place if they are evacuated from their homes. We have a big home in NW Calgary,” wrote Reddit user legsbrogan on Thursday.
The user, who noted in his post that his family would be willing to take in pets, updated his post into the early morning hours offering shelter and transportation as communities around him were evacuated.
The thread garnered over 150 comments from other Reddit users who also offered their homes to families in need. Multiple users also offered to take in pets.
This thread makes me proud to call myself Calgarian,” wrote one user.
“Classic Reddit/Calgary/Canadian post. Offering help and apologizing for the quality of the help. You’re fantastic,” wrote another.
The Calgary subreddit /r/Calgary was also filled with messages of well-wishes and users offering dry clothing donations to those who were forced to swim through flood waters to safety.
Residents also took to Kijiji to offer free shelter to flood victims. A Reddit user uploaded a screenshot of the Kijiji Calgary homepage that showed multiple ads offering places to stay.
Global Calgary’s Facebook users even posted housing offers in the comments under evacuation maps.
Twitter users were using the hashtag #yychelps to send information about places to stay and offer donations.
But in addition to offering housing and materials, social media was overwhelmed with well-wishes to those affected.
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