Samaritan's Purse Sends Disaster Team to Texas Communities Devastated by Tornadoes

tx tornadoAt least six people died in the storms and tornadoes that swept through Texas this week. Dozens more were injured. And hundreds of homes were destroyed.

Within hours of the devastating tornado that struck communities near Forth Worth, Texas, North Carolina-based Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse deployed a response team to begin cleanup, make emergency repairs and provide comfort to victims.

A Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Unit traveled overnight from North Carolina to Texas. The tractor-trailer is stocked with chainsaws, heavy-duty plastic tarps, generators and other tools and supplies and will serve as the command center for disaster relief work.

Since the storm hit, staff members have been in contact with local emergency management and government officials as well as churches in the affected areas, including Granbury and Cleburne, to determine where help is needed most. Samaritan's Purse has a national network of volunteers ready to help clean debris, cut fallen trees, salvage belongings and put tarps on damaged roofs.

"Texas has had more than its share of suffering recently," said Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham. "We want to do all we can to help families who are hurting physically, emotionally and spiritually."