The community that is Barrie has a heart as large as the city itself – and more!
You may remember our article “From the Heat of the Fire” published on January 12. If not – take a look!
The residents of 68 Mary Street have received an incredible outpouring of love and assistance in the past 10 days. They’ve asked that we help them in some small way to say a HUGE Thank You! If by chance someone has been missed please know that we do thank you! There have been so many people and details to take care of throughout this time!
HELP FROM AREA CHURCHES
A number of residents are not able to return home for about 10 weeks! Through support from the Salvation Army, those without insurance have found interim shelter in a local hotel. There were some with dietary concerns, and they have been assisted by both the Big Church of 53 Peacock Lane in Barrie and The Well Community Chapel at 81 Dekker St., Everett. Pastor Gregg Neuman and Chaplain Marcello Fracassi’s congregations have covered the cost for Meals on Wheels through the Red Cross.
Both Pastor Neuman and Chaplain Marcello didn’t stop there however! With the incredible help of Trevor Patterson, they arranged an army of volunteers to assist with moving the contents of each unit! Barrie Uncovered photographer, Stephen Elliott even showed up during the move to take pictures!! The same day we were supplied with cases of bottled water donated by Joe’s No Frills at Wellington Plaza…that sure helped keeping everyone hydrated!
LOCAL MOVING COMPANIES ASSIST
Simcoe Moving and Storage of 225 Saunders Road donated a transport trailer to store everything until re-construction is complete. Another moving company, Rockbrun Movers of 5171 County Road 90 along with assistance from Barrie Families Unite and Reverend Jessie Brandon supplied all the packing supplies including boxes.
To pack and label for a number of people at one time is a feat in itself! For that we thank Tanya Shields of lifestylemoves.ca, Rev. Jessie Brandon of Truthwell Community and the Schwarz family, Jilla, Steve, Isabelle and Eric. What an incredible job they did!!!
We also had great assistance from Connie Campbell, owner of The Move Planners and Jeremy Hunter of J&J moving for behind the scenes logistics and planning.
INCREDIBLE ONLINE COMMUNITY
Most of all we’d like to thank Barrie Families Unite and Nikki Glahn for the incredible reach they have in connecting to the community. They are truly an asset within our community with the heart, power and drive to facilitate for individuals!!
Last, but not least, are the residents of 68 Mary Street that weren’t displaced by the fire. Each and every one of them have assisted in many ways! We’d like to send a special thank you to Superintendant Tim Bridges, residents Dave Sheppard and Christopher Knox.
Well done everyone! We simply cannot say Thank you enough!!