A student-led organization from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School recently created more than 50 care packages for flood evacuees in Abbotsford.
The Key Club is dedicated to providing community support, and five of the students quickly organized the emergency relief effort. They were assisted by more than 30 members and an executive team.
The packages were compiled using Key Club money from grants and fundraising over the years. The packs included essential supplies such as clothing, food and hygenic items for families who had to immediately evacuate their homes. The items were packed into insulated bags.
“We went directly to groups affected by the flooding at sites they had been relocated to temporarily, but also took it upon ourselves to personally inquire with families we knew had been displaced and provided them with some of the packages,” said Prabnoor Johal, one of the organizers.
Johal said among the places they visited was the Tradex reception centre for evacuees.
The Key Club has been involved in several other projects over the last few months, including Operation Christmas Child and food drives to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The club is now working on is a community-wide clothing drive with the support of Abbotsford Smile Foundation, another youth-led group.
Johal said the group is always looking for opportunities to help the community. They can be reached through Instagram (@atss_keyclub).