Samaritan's Purse responds to wildfires in California

While Samaritan’s Purse monitors the coronavirus pandemic around the world, natural disasters continue to impact local communities. The North Carolina-based organization is tailoring its response to safely provide critical relief to affected families affected by wildfires in California. Teams of volunteers will sift through the ashes to salvage precious keepsakes that are priceless to a family who has lost everything. This is an important step to foster healing and closure in the recovery process, Samaritan’s Purse officials say.

The Boone-based international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is responding to wildfires in the West Coast as thousands of families return to find their homes destroyed.

The organization’s volunteers are on the ground in Santa Cruz, Calif., helping impacted communities sift through the ashes — searching for anything that may have survived the flames. A team of disaster response specialists is also working with local officials and church partners in Medford, Oregon. As soon as local authorities provide necessary clearance, volunteers will begin helping families start to recover.

The international Christian relief organization deployed a Disaster Relief Unit stocked with critical relief supplies from its West Coast Ministry Center in Fullerton, Calif., to aid Santa Cruz-area families. As millions of acres continue to burn, Samaritan’s Purse is launching a second response in Oregon.

“Please join me in praying for West Coast families as they endure these devastating wildfires,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “We want to come alongside them during this difficult time, helping them salvage their personal belongings while reminding them of the hope found only in Jesus Christ.”

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