Samaritan’s Purse Responds to Historic S.C. Floods

Disaster Relief Units, Supplies, Volunteers Deploy to Help Flood Victims

Samaritan’s Purse is deploying two tractor-trailers fully stocked with relief supplies to help South Carolinians recover from flooding caused by record-breaking rainfall. The North Carolina-based international Christian relief organization, and its army of volunteers, will work to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris and help families find hope as they salvage what is left of their personal belongings.

“South Carolina has experienced unbelievable flooding. They say it is a thousand-year storm, and it has devastated much of the state,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “The people of South Carolina need our help, they need our prayers, and they need them now.”

Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief units are tractor-trailers packed wall-to-wall with supplies such as heavy-duty tarps, generators and chainsaws. These disaster relief units will serve as the organization’s command centers. One will be based at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and the other location will be determined as flood waters begin to recede.


  • Tim Haas, manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan’s Purse
  • Bruce Poss, program manager on-site in Columbia, South Carolina, for Samaritan’s Purse
  • High-resolution photos and b-roll

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; tornadoes in Oklahoma; and ice storms in Tennessee.

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