Friday, September 02, 2005

Samaritan's Purse in Mobile

Here's an update from Samaritan's Purse on its efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina: . . .

Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief teams have begun operations in the vicinity of Mobile, Alabama, an area battered by high winds, torrential rains, and an estimated 12-foot storm surge that shoved the Mobile River over its banks. Our teams will work westward into devastated areas of Mississippi and Louisiana as conditions permit.

The physical needs are overwhelming throughout the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history. Hundreds of people are feared dead across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, with hundreds of thousands of houses damaged or destroyed, roads and bridges washed away, and many communities left without electricity or drinkable water. . . .

Please pray for the hundreds of thousands of hurricane victims along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Remember the people still trapped by flooding, for those who are desperate to learn if their loved ones or homes are safe, and for officials dealing with unprecedented problems. Ask God to guide Samaritan's Purse into the communities where He wants us involved.

Here are some ways your gift can help victims of Hurricane Katrina:
  • $9 can provide a case of drinking water
  • $15 can purchase a Bible for a hurting family
  • $25 can furnish a sheet of roofing plywood
  • $90 can provide enough heavy-duty plastic to weatherproof a roof

  • To make a donation to assist Samaritan's Purse in its relief efforts, click here.

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    At Friday, September 02, 2005 3:13:00 PM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

    Here's further word from Samaritan's Purse today:

    As Samaritan's Purse teams continued relief work in the vicinity of Mobile, Alabama, President George W. Bush arrived in the city to begin a tour of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast region. The President is getting a firsthand look at devastation brought about by Katrina's 145-mph winds and 25-foot storm surge in an area stretching from just west of New Orleans, Louisiana, to Pensacola, Florida.

    "It's as if the entire Gulf Coast were obliterated by the worst kind of weapon you can imagine," the President told reporters.

    Samaritan's Purse staff and volunteers are clearing debris and repairing roofs in low-income neighborhoods in southwestern Alabama, which was battered by high winds, torrential rains, and massive flooding. Our Disaster Relief Units are preparing to work westward into storm-ravaged areas of Mississippi and Louisiana.

    Our teams are faced with overwhelming needs throughout the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which is proving to be the most destructive storm in U.S. history. Hundreds of people are feared dead across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, with thousands of houses damaged or destroyed, roads and bridges washed away, and many communities left without electricity or drinkable water.

    Samaritan's Purse is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to help the neediest victims, particularly the poor and elderly. Our Disaster Relief Units--specially designed tractor-trailers loaded with emergency supplies and equipment--provide crews with chainsaws and other tools to remove fallen trees and debris. Other crews repair damaged roofs and cover them with weatherproof plastic. Flooded houses are pumped dry and cleaned of mud and ruined materials.

    Perhaps your church or group would like to send a work crew. We need groups of at least five individuals. The minimum age is 18. Construction skills are helpful but not necessary. If you are interested, call the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief staff at (828) 262-1980 or email disasterresponse@samaritan.org.

     

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