The Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse has contributed significantly to relief efforts for flood victims in Georgia. As of Friday, Samaritan’s Purse received 54 requests for hope in the area of Paulding and Cherokee counties near metro Atlanta for assistance with many more expected. Samaritan’s Purse volunteer teams are clearing mud and debris from flooded homes, applying anti-mold treatments and helping to salvage victims’ personal belongings. “Flood victims are overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done and Samaritan’s Purse is committed to working alongside these residents – helping them return to their homes,” said John Pryor, U.S. Disaster Relief Manager for Samaritan’s Purse. The organization anticipates the number of work requests to rise as victims learn about the available help. Flood victims and volunteers can call 678.202.5974 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org. The organization brought two Disaster Relief Units, tractor-trailers stocked with emergency supplies and tools, which are ready to roll whenever disaster strikes. Each of these Disaster Relief Units can function as a self-supporting operations center for volunteers and staff. In the U.S., the Disaster Relief Units have assisted more than 18,000 families in 24 states over the past decade. Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with West Ridge Church in Dallas, Ga., and First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., utilizing their parking lots as command centers. The priority of Samaritan’s Purse is to help those who are unable to help themselves – the poor, elderly, disabled and uninsured.
Published September 26th, 2009 by Peter Elliott