Revelstokians seek ways to help in the avalanche’s aftermath

Canadian Press Photographer Jeff Bassett photographs RCMP Cpl. Richard Gingras and his dog Sultan as they prepare to leave for Boulder Mountain to resume the search for victims of Saturday's avalanche. David F. Rooney photo

By David F. Rooney

As Revelstoke Search and Rescue volunteers and RCMP officers resumed their search for victims of Saturday’s avalanche at the Turbo Bowl on Boulder Mountain, local restaurateurs and just plain folks have been asking what they could to do to help out.

Members of the public have been calling in, sending e-mails and dropping by the Community Centre offering their services.

“I just came down to see if I can help,” said Penny Page Brittin.

Others, too, have pitched in. Tim Horton’s owner Brian Lecomte brought down huge urns of coffee, donuts and muffins early Sunday morning and A&W Restaurant owner John Pears brought down sandwiches. His retaurant will also be throwing together 100 burgers for SAR personnel, Mounties and the the news media Sunday evening.

“It’s the right thing to do, he said.

That kind of local spirit is much appreciated by local officials, even if they do have things in hand.