Love High River bigger and better than before (June 2, 2014)

Written by Kevin Rushworth

Published by High River Times on Monday, June 2, 2014

Now in its third year, the High River Ministerial’s annual Love High River event is bigger and better than before after the community’s churches partnered with Samaritan’s Purse, one of the NGOs current helping the town in its rebuild.

“The local community churches want to get out and show the love of Jesus by doing things for the community and the people of the community,” explained Lieutenant Kelly Fifield, pastor with the Salvation Army Church.

As June 7 marks one of Samaritan’s Purse’s clean up days as well as Love High River, Fifield said it made sense to add their red shirt volunteers with the agency’s workers in their recognizable orange.

“We’re partnering with them to do work projects,” she told the Times. “If people need help fixing up their gardens or just getting their lawns back together after the flood last year, that’s one of the projects we’re doing.”

Fifield said many High Riverites are tired after a long and difficult year and some people are at a place where they’re needing some help with gardening and lawn maintenance.

If residents need help with their yards, they are being asked to contact Samaritan’s Purse by phone or by visiting their website at

High River community members wanting to become involved as volunteers can once again sign up through Samaritan’s Purse or through their community church.

“Samaritan’s Purse is giving everybody the Samaritan’s Purse orange t-shirts for the day,” Fifield explained, noting that the red Love High River shirts are going to be out in force as well.

Love High River will be hosting two events of their own, one of which is an intercessory prayer time for all denominations as well as a food drive for the High River Food Bank.

“In the paper on Tuesday, there will be a red shopping bag that actually says Love High River on it,” she noted.

For those residents who are interested, they are being asked to fill the bag with non-perishable food items and have the full bag on their door step before 9 a.m., on June 7.

“We’ll have people who will be driving around town and if they see a red bag, they’ll grab it and bring it back to the food bank here so we can sort through it and put it on our shelves,” Fifield said.

If anyone misplaces their red bag, doesn’t receive one or accidentally throws it out, Fifield reminded residents that any bag will work as well.

“One of the most exciting aspects (of Love High River) is just that coming together,” she said. “It’s something we saw a lot last summer after the floods. It was this idea of the community being resilient and coming together as one.”

The intercessory prayer time is also held on June 7. Fifield said anyone is invited to take part and that they will be praying for the community and for the teams out working that day.

Those who are interested in taking part in the Samaritan’s Purse clean-up activities, the food bank or the prayer are asked to meet at the Full Gospel Church at 8:15 a.m., on June 7.

After a Love High River introduction and welcome, the groups will be split up depending on if they’re cleaning up, praying for the clean-up crews or helping with the food drive.

For more information and to make a donation, visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.

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