Saskatoon men filling semi with supplies for flood victims

Jerry Hallgrimson and Paul Chavady are hoping to collect enough food, water, clothing, and toiletries to fill a semi-trailer. All items collected will be sent to victims of last week's floods in Alberta.

Two men are hoping people in Saskatoon will help them fill a semi-trailer for Alberta's flood victims.

Jerry Hallgrimson (left) and Paul Chavady are hoping to fill a semi-trailer with clothing and food supplies for Alberta flood victims. (CBC)
Jerry Hallgrimson and Paul Chavady have set up a tent at the south end of Wal-Mart's parking lot in Stonebridge. They'll stay there until 9 p.m. CST tonight, collecting supplies to assist with flood relief.

Both say the collection drive is the 'neighbourly' thing to do.

"We got in touch with the Calgary Food Bank and they told us, 'hey, here's the things we need,'" said Chavady. "So we're hoping Saskatoon can step up and help us fill this truck."

Both men say they have friends and family in the flood zone. Inspired by Prince Albert's Trent Field, they're now looking for non-perishable food items, toiletries, and clothes, to assist people who've lost everything in the floods.

"You know we've already had a few people come out and bring stuff and I'm just overwhelmed with how much each person has brought," said Jerry Hallgrimson. "I thought you know, maybe one can or two but a lot of people have brought five or six things. And big flats of stuff. If that's a sign of things to come that's going to be really awesome."

By the end of the day, the Saskatoon men had collected 16 pallets of food, clothing and household items. That filled two thirds of the space in the truck, which was donated by the Yanke group of companies.

Everything collected is being sent to the Calgary Food Bank. Staff at its distribution centre will sort through the goods, and ship them to those who need them most.