UPDATE: food dropoff point set up at Fairview mall
UPDATE: Fairview dropoff centre moved to Plaza Pointe Claire. It'll be open from 10-6 on Thursday and Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday.
If you're looking for ways to help flood-weary West Islanders, the Fairview mall in Pointe-Claire has offered up one of its empty shops.
Organized by West Island Blog's Rhonda Massad, the old American Apparel store near Sears has been setup as a drop off/in centre. Volunteers are on hand to take donations and help flood victims in need.
"Cadillac Fairview got in touch with me this morning and said 'How can we help?'" Massad told CJAD 800. "I said we need somewhere to bring the food so not everybody has to go to the flood zones."
"It's happened quite organically, people are coming there and then a couple of my friends from different food banks got involved."
Massad said right now the biggest need is non perishable food items. The goal is to load the various food banks in order to create a stockpile for those impacted by the floods, and to help them once they get back on their feet.
So far 15 trucks have been able to deliver food to the various banks helping out.
"We also need almond milk, soy milk and other things people can use without their regular facilities" Massad said. "Peanut butter is always a big one, things that they can use so they can get through."
"Granola bars, things the kids can take to school. Juice."
One of the partnering food banks in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue was one of the buildings flooded, but Massad said volunteers at Fairview are keeping their stock until they can find a new location.
For more information, or to find out how you can help, call 514-836-4235 or Fairview Guest services at 514-695-1610.
If you can't make it out to Fairview, Provigo Pierrefonds has been taking food and clothing donations and bringing them to the Red Cross. The grocery store also announced it would be offering a free day camp from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. for kids 5-12 years old whose schools are closed. Meals would be provided.