Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Team Goes from One Disaster to Another

Volunteers Deploy to Help Flood and Fire Victims

A wildfire that burned 4,600 acres in Bastrop County, Texas, followed by torrential rain and flooding, has destroyed 100 homes and left families devastated. When the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse heard the news, it re-routed one of its disaster relief units to help with recovery efforts. 

“One of our units was traveling back to North Carolina after helping wildfire victims in California,” said Tim Haas, Samaritan’s Purse manager of U.S. Disaster Relief. “When we heard of the devastation in Texas, we quickly adapted and instead sent the unit to help Texans who have lost everything begin to recover.”

This unit is a tractor-trailer packed wall-to-wall with relief supplies such as heavy-duty tarps, generators and chainsaws, and it will serve as the organization's command center at River Valley Christian Fellowship in Bastrop County.

“In the past two weeks, Texas homeowners have endured both a wildfire and flood—doubling the devastation,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “As we always do, our team was actively monitoring the situation so we could quickly get personnel and supplies on the ground.”

The North Carolina-based organization and its army of volunteers will work to clean out homes damaged by both the wildfire and floods. Teams will utilize skid-steer loaders, chainsaws and other equipment to clear debris, remove fallen trees, tear out damaged drywall and help families find hope as they salvage what is left of their personal belongings.


INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY:

  • Tim Haas, manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan’s Purse, who is on-site in Bastrop, Texas

A team of chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team is also deploying alongside Samaritan’s Purse. These chaplains work to share the love of Christ, providing spiritual and emotional care 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. Earlier this year the organization helped people after floods in Texas, Kentucky and Florida; wildfires in California; tornadoes in Oklahoma; and ice storms in Tennessee.

For information on volunteering or to donate to Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts, go to spvolunteernetwork.org or samaritanspurse.org.

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