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Faith rebuilds a community

Two religious organizations team up to provide lunches for flood victims

Members of St. Margaret’s Church and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rotterdam Junction teamed up at the church to distribute food to flood victims.

Members of St. Margaret’s Church and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rotterdam Junction teamed up at the church to distribute food to flood victims. Photo by John Purcell.

— “I just said I had to do something,” Canary said. “There is too many people who need food … so that’s when I came up with the sandwich bags and I just called it the ‘Sandwich Brigade,’ because I said I wanted to go out to them. I don’t want them to have to come to me.”

During the first week, she said more than 150 lunches were handed out, which included a sandwich and drink. She said anywhere there is someone working the lunches would be delivered.

Since Canary lives on Alexander Drive near Lock 9, she witnessed the destruction closely.

“We watched Lock 9 disappear,” she said. “The whole first day I remember we just kept walking back and forth to watch the river. It was scary.”

For Khan, she said helping out in the community transcends any boundaries between faiths.

“Humanity is humanity, regardless of what label you give it,” she said. “At the time when the people start forgetting about the people who have suffered this is a good time to come when it’s not so much in the limelight. Just to give people that helping hand and let them forget about one meal for one day … so they can get on with repairing their homes and lives before the onset of winter.”

Canary said she had hoped normalcy could return to Rotterdam Junction around Christmas and she is looking into getting donations for Christmas trees.

“I’d love to drive down Main Street and see every house with a lighted Christmas tree in their front window,” she said. “I love that holiday.”

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