Gov. Pat McCrory to Receive ‘Good Samaritan’ Award

Franklin Graham Commends Governor's Leadership in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham will present the Good Samaritan award to Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday in Boone, honoring the governor's efforts to help North Carolina recover from Hurricane Matthew.

"This is one of the worst disasters I've ever seen here in North Carolina," Graham said. "We are fortunate to have a governor who has taken leadership, and organized public and private efforts to get families back in their homes, open schools and roads, restore power, and get businesses back on their feet."

Graham last presented the Good Samaritan award to a North Carolina governor in 2010 when Beverly Perdue received it in recognition of her service to the people of the state.

Hurricane Matthew left 27 people dead in North Carolina and damaged more than 100,000 homes, causing millions of dollars in losses to homes, businesses and government buildings—not counting extensive farm damage. Forty-two of the state's 100 counties are eligible for disaster assistance. More than three weeks after the massive storm hit Oct. 8, over 1,500 households are still living in hotels. It took two weeks for flooding to subside.

McCrory has made several trips into flooded communities to meet with storm victims. He has assembled a bi-partisan Recovery Committee that includes former Gov. Perdue and laid out a step-by-step plan for recovery efforts in the 100 days after the storm. He is calling for a special session of the North Carolina Legislature to accelerate emergency appropriations to help rebuild homes, schools and communities; and he is also asking Congress for federal assistance.

Samaritan's Purse has deployed a Disaster Relief Unit to Pinetops, a town in Edgecombe County that was under water for several days. More than 300 families there have requested assistance, and volunteers have come from 24 states to help. The need is great, and the organization is still on the ground working.

WHEN:         
Thursday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m.

WHERE:       
Samaritan's Purse International Headquarters
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Franklin Graham and Governor Pat McCrory will be available to speak with media immediately following the ceremony.

Photos and b-roll of Samaritan's Purse relief efforts in Pinetops are available upon request.

Samaritan's Purse has helped more than 29,000 families in 35 U.S. states following floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and ice storms. In the past six months, the organization has helped people after floods in West Virginia, Texas and Louisiana, and recently provided aid to victims of the deadly tornadoes in Mississippi and wildfires in California.

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