2019-06-09 ssl--samaritanspurse

A Samaritan’s Purse trailer outside in the Prattville Shopping Center May 30.

The cavalry is here.

North Carolina’s Samaritan’s Purse pulled into the Prattville Shopping Center parking lot Thursday, May 30 to assist homeowners that are in need of disaster relief.

“We’re here to do the muck and gut,” said Shannon Daley, program manager for U.S. Disaster Relief. “We’re not a distribution center. We’re here to help clean out home(s), haul away the trash and get the homes ready.”

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization immediately started helping parts of Oklahoma that have been ravaged by the rain and flood waters over the past two weeks. However, they realized they needed help and called Samaritan’s Purse, Daley said.

The organization is not a distribution center. They go out to homes that were damaged by flood waters, high winds, or tornadoes and help pull up carpet, remove drywall, and clean out debris, making the homes ready for restoration.

A large semi-truck is now parked in the Prattville Shopping Center, located at 41 Street just off of Highway 97, and Daley said they could be there for around two weeks.

The organization also needs volunteers. Volunteers can show up to the semi-truck, but they must go through orientation. Samaritan’s Purse will their headquarters at the truck and head to houses at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day. Volunteers must go through an orientation before they are allowed to volunteer.

Also, homeowners in need of disaster relief can show up at the Samaritan’s Purse truck and ask for assistance.

Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes staff and equipment and enlists thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters in the United States. We often stay behind after our initial response to rebuild or restore houses for needy families.

For more information about the organization, visit their website.