Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Team Deploys to Help Missouri Flood Victims
Volunteers Assisting Homeowners Devastated by Deadly Flooding in the St. Louis Area
Now that historic floodwaters in Missouri have begun to recede, international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse has deployed a disaster relief unit filled with supplies along with staff and volunteers to help homeowners devastated by the disaster. The N.C.-based organization and volunteers from across the country are currently working to help families clean out their flood-damaged homes and find hope as they try to salvage what is left of their personal belongings.
“The amount of destruction a flood of this size leaves behind is overwhelming,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “We are praying for the victims and want to help them get back in their homes as soon as possible.”
Samaritan’s Purse is utilizing its network of volunteers to help flood victims recover. Teams are tearing out waterlogged drywall and insulation, removing damaged flooring, and treating for mold so families can begin to rebuild their lives.
The disaster relief unit is a tractor-trailer packed with heavy-duty tarps, generators, chainsaws and other tools. It will serve as the organization’s command center at Southgate Church in Crestwood, Missouri.
- Tim Haas, manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan’s Purse
- Wayne Shoemaker, program manager with the team in Missouri
- Samaritan’s Purse volunteers
Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team are deploying alongside Samaritan's Purse. These chaplains will be working alongside Samaritan’s Purse to share the love of Christ, providing spiritual and emotional support to victims and families.
Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham. Since 1998, 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 Texas and South Carolina; wildfires in California; and tornadoes in Mississippi and Texas.