You may have noticed that things have been quiet here on the blog for the past week or so. I’ve been struggling to come up with content because talking about DIYing (and just being creative in general) has felt incredibly trivial compared to what’s been going on in my community. 

What’s been going on, you ask?

Photo used with permission, courtesy of Nathalie Constant.

In the past 10 days, parts of the Montreal area (and communities farther afield in Quebec and Ontario) have been devastated by flooding. Only a few kilometers away (and I really mean “a few” – like, 4) people’s homes have sustained major damage or even been lost to floodwaters. We’ve been lucky (we live on a hill and away from the waterfront), but many of my neighbours, work colleagues, students, and friends haven’t been. They are displaced from their homes with only what they could remove quickly, and are so in need. It is heartbreaking. You always think that this sort of thing will happen elsewhere… until it arrives on your doorstep. 

Montreal Flood 2017 | Montreal and surrounding areas that were affected by the spring flooding are in need of HELP! | How to help flood victims | #MtlFlood2017

The response from civilians and the Canadian Forces has been outstanding. People have toiled ceaselessly to fill and deliver sandbags, feed hungry volunteers, pump out water, and make flood victims as comfortable as possible.We are hearing the most amazing stories of total strangers giving shelter to each other, and of neighbours stepping up to save each other’s homes; this week is a testament to the resilience and generosity of the human spirit. I wasn’t personally able to help out with the physical relief efforts – I’m the sole daytime caregiver for our 9-month-old – but I was glad to be able to help by donating toiletries, diapers, and non-perishable food items to our local drop-off point. These items are in high demand with so many people forced out of their homes. Everyone can help in some way! 

This week has certainly put into perspective for me just how unimportant our little everyday worries are. I’ve been checking myself when complaining about money, or unfinished house projects, or other little annoyances… I’m grateful that that I’m not worrying about losing my home or where my family will sleep tonight. And that’s why today I just couldn’t post a craft or a recipe or something: there’s more important work to be done.

How to Help with the Montreal Flood 2017 Relief 

*Updated as of Sunday, May 14th at 8:15 PM*

Every little bit helps, friends. There are so many people in need: real human beings with jobs and kids and parents and pets who are struggling just to get by right now. Our community appreciates every single dollar, canned food item, or moment you can spare. I’ll update this post as new information emerges. Even just sharing this post will help get the word out! *If you know of donation drop-off points or fundraising events, I’d love to add them to the list. Please send me an email at or leave a comment on this post.*

I’ll get caught up with some DIY projects early next week, but for now, I’m going to pray for good weather (20 more mm of rain are expected this weekend – I’m really hoping Mother Earth sees reason). 

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