Volunteers Spend Labor Day Working to Help Hurricane Irene Victims - More Joining Effort This Week

Samaritan's Purse Expands Hurricane Irene Relief Efforts Along East Coast

Just hours after Hurricane Irene began slamming the East Coast with high winds and a flooding storm surge, Samaritan's Purse disaster relief teams were on their way to help. The first stop was New Bern, North Carolina, and Samaritan's Purse has now expanded its relief efforts, setting up a Disaster Relief Unit in Wayne, New Jersey, and has a team working in Rutland, Vt. The Christian relief organization's staff and volunteers worked hard on Labor Day—mudding out flooded homes and working in storm-damaged neighborhoods to patch roofs and move debris—allowing people to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible.

As the devastating flooding has begun to recede in Wayne and Rutland, Samaritan's Purse is coordinating with local officials and utilizing its network of church partners in the area to determine where they can best help people who need the organization's skills with flood relief removing mud and debris, and disinfecting homes facing post-flooding mold problems. In addition to North Carolina and New Jersey, the organization plans to have a Disaster Relief Unit based and working in Vermont tomorrow. 

"We want to come alongside storm victims, help them recover and remind them that they are not alone," said Samaritan's Purse president and CEO Franklin Graham.

The Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Units are tractor-trailers stocked with emergency supplies and tools. They function on-site as an operations center for staff and volunteers. Samaritan's Purse has a history of helping the people of Wayne Last March, the organization had staff and volunteers on the ground and helped more than 40 families recover from flooding.


Where: Wayne, N.J., Rutland, Vt., and New Bern, N.C. (or through phone/Skype)


  • Staff with Samaritan's Purse's disaster relief teams

  • Volunteers working to help victims recover

  • Families impacted by the recent storms 

Since Samaritan's Purse set up the original U.S. Disaster Relief Unit in 1998, the organization has worked in 29 states and more than 100 locations. Recent relief efforts include cleanup and repair in communities hit by tornadoes in Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia; and cleaning mud and debris after flooding in North Dakota, New Jersey and Tennessee. Samaritan's Purse has mobilized some 47,000 volunteers to help more than 23,000 families recover from disasters.

To volunteer with Samaritan's Purse or make a donation to help the storm victims, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.

Samaritan's Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan's Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid in the name of Jesus Christ to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.