Calgary

Volunteers give flood recovery organizer a hand

One of the founders of a campaign that saw volunteers clean up flooded houses in Calgary and High River is getting help with his own home.

Mission Possible mobilized thousands of people

Sunnyside Good Samaritan Anil Karim helped others clean their flooded homes. Now they are helping him. 4:09

One of the founders of a campaign that saw volunteers clean up flooded houses in Calgary and High River is getting help with his own home.

Anil Karim had been so busy organizing volunteers over the past month that he neglected to properly clean up his own flooded residence. A musty odour still lingers in every room in his home.

On Tuesday, a team of volunteers paid back his kindness by giving him a hand.

"He's given so much, so it's just given him back a little bit of what he's given out to others," said volunteer Shirmeen Panju.

Karim says he continues to be moved by the generosity of others.

"The work is daunting. So without volunteers, I don't think I'd be able to do it myself,' he said.

Karim was shy about asking for assistance, but he said he has learned that Calgarians are more than willing to help their neighbours.

"Before the flood we were all in our own little bubbles and we were always thinking for ourselves. Now you see people — that's not how they think when times are tough.… People are there for you."

Mission Possible Recovery Foundation, a grassroots group, organized more than 15,000 volunteers to clean up homes in Calgary and High River. The organization held a block party in High River on Sunday.