Samaritan’s Purse Mobilizes Three Disaster Relief Teams on the East Coast
NC-Based Organization Helping Families Devastated by Hurricane Matthew
Samaritan’s Purse deployed three tractor-trailers stocked with relief supplies to North and South Carolina in response to Hurricane Matthew. The international Christian relief organization is now enlisting volunteers from across the country to help families affected by the storm.
“Hurricane Matthew was a deadly storm that swept across the East Coast and damaged countless homes,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Our teams are working in the Carolinas to help families recover and show them the hope of Jesus Christ.”
Volunteer teams will clean out flood-damaged homes, tarp roofs, and remove trees downed by the hurricane- force winds. Three disaster relief units—stocked with heavy-duty tarps, generators, and other tools—will serve as command centers for the response. These tractor-trailers will be based in Bluffton, South Carolina; Horry County, South Carolina; and eastern North Carolina.
- Tim Haas, manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan’s Purse
- Todd Taylor, assistant manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan’s Purse, on the ground in Bluffton, S.C.
- Samaritan’s Purse volunteers
A team of chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team has also been deployed to the disaster areas. They will be working alongside Samaritan’s Purse to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement to flood victims.
In addition to the U.S. response, Samaritan’s Purse is responding to storm damage in Haiti and the Bahamas. Internationally, the organization is distributing tarps for emergency shelter, water filtration units, blankets and hygiene kits. Samaritan’s Purse is meeting the immediate needs of more than 6,000 families internationally as well as setting up a cholera treatment center to provide medical care.
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.