Helping Hands

It has been a long and busy couple of days at WORX headquarters here in Calgary, but we are relieved to report that – aside from some website and database issues due to servers hosted downtown – we are up and running at top speed. Two of our employees were evacuated from their homes, but have now returned to find that their houses are clean and dry, for which we are exceedingly thankful.

However, the work in Calgary and area is not over yet. As we get through this week, we have seen images, news reports, and social media updates regarding the many, many community heroes that are volunteering alongside emergency services, the military personnel who came in to assist, City employees, and all the other amazing people who are giving up their time to help with the clean up and rebuilding of those communities that were gravely impacted. In outlying areas especially, such as Canmore, High River, Bragg Creek, Medicine Hat, and the Siksika Nation, where the devastation is even more visible, we are seeing people who have come from other parts of the country to offer free services such as pumping water and cleaning. Through the devastation, a sense of community and pride in our neighbours, friends, and family is on the rise, as everyone shares their expertise and passion with those who need it most.

Photo: REUTERS/Andy Clark

Photo: REUTERS/Andy Clark

Our expertise is in hand cleaners, so we wanted to share some fairly common-sense, but often overlooked, tips to those who are going out and helping this week and in the future:

  • Wear gloves whenever possible. Thick, impermeable rubber  gloves might be uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time, but they will not only protect you from whatever impurities are in the water, but also are an additional line of defense against any potentially-dangerous items of waste, such as sharp objects.
  • Wash your hands as often as you can. Even when you’re wearing gloves, wash your hands before and after eating and using the washroom. Especially with the remains of floodwater, there are a lot of bacteria you may come in contact with – stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands!
  • Don’t overload on hand sanitizers and antibacterials. These products are not designed to eliminate the need for hand washing, and can cause dryness, rashes, and sensitivity if over-used. They also do not remove any dirts from your hands, so your skin may continue to be bathed in dirts, oils, etc. If your skin is already sensitive due to using a lot of hand sanitizers and antibacterials, the last thing you want is to keep them covered in the dirt and mud and potentially sewage that you’ll be working in. Washing your hands is the best way to actually, physically remove these contaminants from your skin.

We are a small company with limited resources. We feel very blessed to be in a position to offer even a small level of help to those in need in the region, and are actively working with various groups to support and educate.

We are also very proud to see that we have surrounded ourselves with like-minded and amazing people! Our sponsored driver in this summer’s racing season in Ottawa has let us know that he plans to donate any payout from his upcoming race (July 10th, Capital City Speedway) to the Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief fund. If you are in the area and can make it out, be sure to cheer on Robert in the #7 WORX car on the 10th! Thanks, Robert!

Between individual staff members and WORX as a company, we have so far provided almost 800 bottles of the All-Natural to those who need it most right now, and we will be bringing more to the front lines in the coming days. Our President and CEO has assisted in the shelter and feeding of approximately 1,000 displaced Calgarians and those from the area with Samaritans Purse, which is a charity he has been involved with for several years. We will be doing more with Samaritans Purse over the next short while, as well as working directly within the communities by providing manual labour, transport, and whatever assistance is required.

We’d like to thank our customers for their understanding and support. We’d also like to thank Albertans and honourary Albertans, who are going above and beyond for their neighbours and for complete strangers. You amaze and inspire us. This is what we mean by Good WORX; we do good work, because we believe good works. Albertans are proving that “good works” in these difficult times.

(If you are in Alberta and would like to help, but don’t know where to start, please consider calling Samaritans Purse at 1-866-628-6565 to learn about opportunities to volunteer and donate. You can also make monetary donations through the Red Cross, and clothing and supplies through the Calgary Drop In Centre and NeighbourLink, among others. At the moment, WORX’s website is offline, so if you would like to learn more about us, please visit us on Facebook.)

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