Organizations partner with Mennonite Disaster Services, Christian Reform
World Relief Committee
CALGARY, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada and the Billy
Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (BGEAC) are partnering with
Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) and the Christian Reformed World
Relief Committee (CRWRC) to help residents in Goderich recover from the
worst tornado to hit Ontario in a decade.
Samaritan's Purse, MDS, and CRWRC will work with volunteers and churches
in the region to help Goderich's hard-hit residents clean up their
homes after the Aug. 21 tornado that killed one person and injured at
least 37 more, while damaging and destroying dozens of homes,
businesses and public buildings.
The clean-up will include cutting up and removing fallen trees, branches
and other debris; boarding over broken windows; and installing
water-proof tarp over damaged roofs, followed by some repairs and
rebuilding. Samaritan's Purse will provide overall coordination of
volunteers for all volunteers during the clean-up phase.
Meanwhile, BGEAC's specially trained Rapid Response Team volunteer
chaplains will be in Goderich, joining other organizations and
volunteers in offering emotional and spiritual support to residents and
volunteers as the recovery work continues.
Specially equipped disaster response units provided by Samaritan's Purse
and MDS are being established at Bethel Pentecostal Church at 321
Bayfield Rd. to coordinate the clean-up and recovery efforts. The units
contain a variety of equipment including chain saws, safety gear,
ladders and hand tools. The Samaritan's Purse unit includes a phone
line (1-866-628-6565) which Goderich and area residents can call to receive help.
"The Town of Goderich is grateful that Samaritan's Purse, Mennonite
Disaster Service, and the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee are
able to coordinate volunteers to assist homeowners in recovering from
the tornado damage." Mayor Deb Shewfelt.
"This partnership between our Christian organizations is designed to
ensure we are as responsive and efficient as possible in helping the
people of Goderich recover from this natural disaster," said
Samaritan's Purse Projects Director John Clayton. "Our joint focus will
be on those most in need - the elderly, the disabled, and others who
might be unable to clean up on their own."
Nick Hamm, MDS' Canadian Director, said: "Our strength is in long-term
recovery - rebuilding - so we intend to work with our partners to do
clean-up, then find residents who need additional help and that could
be long-term. Every time we work with Samaritan's Purse and CRWRC, we
learn from them and improve our relationships. The overall response to
the community is a lot stronger and more efficient."
Donations Needed: Anyone offering financial assistance to Samaritan's Purse, BGEAC, MDS or
CRWRC to help with their disaster assistance can make donations through
Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Unit
Samaritan's Purse's Disaster Relief Unit in Goderich is based in
Moncton, NB. It is a truck and trailer outfitted with disaster recovery
equipment including electrical generators, chain saws, ladders, pumps,
hand tools, and safety gear. It serves as a volunteer coordination
center, and is equipped with a self-contained office, communications
system and other supplies.
Samaritan's Purse has another Disaster Relief Unit based in Calgary. The
two units have responded to many major disasters in recent years. The
most recent include last spring's floods in Quebec and last June's
forest fire in Slave Lake, AB. Samaritan's Purse also helped clean up
after a tornado in Leamington, ON, in 2010. Samaritan's Purse responds
to international disasters too - including after Hurricane Ida in
Nicaragua in 2009, the enormous earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and the
devastating earthquake/tsunami in Japan earlier this year.
Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in more than 50 countries to provide
aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and
persecution. The Calgary-based charity also operates Operation
Christmas Child, which sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children
worldwide each year. Go to www.samaritanspurse.ca for more information.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (BGEAC) is
well-known for the powerful outreach ministry of its founder, Billy
Graham. It is non-denominational - partnering with churches and
Christian communities in Canada and around the world to share the
life-saving message of Jesus Christ. Go to www.billygraham.ca for more information.
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is the relief and
development arm of the Christian Reformed Church. CRWRC reaches out in God's name to
people, both in North America and around the world, who are struggling
with poverty, hunger, disaster, and injustice to help them find lasting
ways to improve their lives. Go to www.crwrc.org for more information.
Mennonite Disaster Service
Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches
that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in
Canada and the United States. For more information, please go to http://mds.mennonite.net/
SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada
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