Odawa Native Friendship Centre donations saved after flood

A flood overnight Thursday caused significant damage to donations at the Odawa Friendship Centre, meant for families in need, but volunteers say they were able to salvage the donations with hard work Friday.

Burst radiator pipe destroys some items, but volunteers and more donations help save hampers

Staff at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre say new donations and swift work helped salvage Christmas hampers for those in need.

Overnight Thursday, a radiator pipe burst that flooded the centre’s basement at 250 City Centre Ave.

Volunteers had vacuums and sand to help remove all the flood-water from the centre on Friday. (Alistair Steele/CBC)

Cardboard boxes were soaked and some items, destined for families in need, were destroyed.

Volunteers had to mop up and try to save groceries, clothing and gift-wrapped toys after what they call a “massive” flood.

The items were meant for 230 families, most with young children, who are relying on them for the holidays.

"We'd left last night with everything all ready to go,” said Alison Tranto, who manages Odawa’s home childcare program.

“We basically had to come in and start, not quite over, but repacking a lot of the baskets and the toy bags."

Volunteer Delores Peltier-Corkey said each person is putting in a long day on Friday to ensure all the families receive the donations they need.

She said they were confident all hampers would be delivered by end of day Friday.