Rev. Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse Aids Indiana Tornado Victims

Thursday, 08 Mar 2012 01:08 PM

By John Bachman

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As Indiana residents struggle to dig out from recent deadly tornadoes that spread destruction there and in several other states, Samaritan's Purse, the Rev. Franklin Graham’s emergency relief organization, has mobilized to help them recover.

‘The damage is wide,” Samaritan’s Purse program manager Todd Taylor told Newsmax.TV. “Many houses are completely destroyed, there’s lots of debris in the yards. Farmers’ fields are strewn with tin and lumber. People are hurting right now.”

Samaritan’s Purse has dispatched a mobile command center, Taylor said during an exclusive interview with Newsmax.

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The international relief organization is “sending out teams daily to go into these affected areas to help people remove trees from their yard, tarping the roofs of the homes that have been damaged, trying to salvage belongings, and helping with general cleanup,” Taylor said

The Indiana tornado effort is among hundreds of relief operations getting help from Samaritan’s Purse, of which the Rev. Franklin Graham is president and CEO. The group also is working in the Sudan, Haiti, and Japan to provide comfort and supplies to people in need.

When asked how volunteers can get involved with Samaritan’s Purse, Taylor said: “Go to samaritanspurse.org. There are volunteer opportunities around the globe as well as ways to give financially.”

Taylor noted that a lot of people remain in danger, including the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers, on the ground in Indiana.

“One of our greatest resources is prayer. People can pray for us,” Taylor said.

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