A fire that began Friday and has ravaged 650,000 to 700,000 square feet structure that is a series of greenhouses and outbuildings at a St. Catharines, Ont., flower farm still isn’t completely out. Dave Upper, deputy chief of St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Services, said there is still active fire inside the greenhouse that’s smouldering and producing smoke, but not active flames. No one was injured in the fire at Pioneer Flower Farms that began late on Friday night, although flames spread to and destroyed about four or five residential buildings that housed migrant workers.
A message posted to Facebook by Jessica McShane, who identified herself as a close friend of the owners, indicates there are between 30 and 40 workers who were left without a place to live; but also without personal effects. That is when a call for aid went up. While accommodation was found for the workers, volunteers gave their time to collect and sort the donations that began coming in as the news spread and over the weekend the community came out in force to help!
Specifically, organizers were looking for socks and underwear, toiletries (shampoo, soap, body wash, shaving supplies, etc) and gift cards to places that sell those items. According to an update on that post the donations came rolling in on Sunday during their collection window. A GoFundMe was set up as well, though it didn’t take long to reach its $5000.00 goal, it was all raised in 1 day.
The support this community has shown for people who only come to work, a typically maligned group from some political views, is a wonderful example of loving your neighbour! It’s your Good News Story of the Day! And you can see more about it here.
Update: The farm has posted the following to their Facebook Page, thanking the community for their donations but asking them to hold off while the sort through the overwhelming support! They say they believe they may have enough for everyone.
###REVISED###Our family and workers are absolutely blown away by the generosity of our community and friends within…
Story and Image from Niagara This Week.