Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit Arrives in Texas Today to Help Flood Victims
International Christian Relief Organization to Assist Devastated Families in Hays County
North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse has deployed a disaster relief unit to help people impacted by record flooding in the Hays County, Texas, communities of San Marcos and Wimberley. More than 350 homes were destroyed and many others suffered flood damage after massive storms hit the area during the Memorial Day weekend. An estimated 1,200 people there are now homeless.
The international Christian relief organization’s disaster response specialists and its network of volunteers will help homeowners clean mud out of flooded houses and remove waterlogged belongings. They will also tear out damaged sheetrock, insulation and flooring, and spray for mold.
“The hope is to help people salvage as much as they can and to get them back into their homes as soon as possible,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Join me in praying for those who have lost loved ones and all those affected by this terrible disaster.”
The Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief unit will set up its initial base of operations at Promiseland Church in San Marcos. This tractor-trailer is stocked with heavy-duty tarps, generators and other tools that will be used during cleanup efforts.
A team of chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team has also been deployed to the disaster area. They will be working alongside Samaritan’s Purse to provide spiritual encouragement and support to victims and their families.
Samaritan’s Purse has worked in the Name of Jesus Christ to help more than 29,000 families in 35 U.S. states following floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and ice storms. Earlier this year the organization’s U.S. disaster team responded to deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma and ice storms in Tennessee. Samaritan’s Purse has also been working in Nepal to help earthquake victims and today sent an airlift of supplies from Charlotte to help build desperately needed emergency shelters in that country.