747 jet will carry materials to build shelters for 18,000 families, plus
a helicopter to help the Christian agency quickly transport relief
supplies and disaster response personnel
CALGARY, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse is sending another cargo
jet to the Philippines to assist Super Typhoon Haiyan victims. The
Boeing 747 will contain enough plastic sheeting to build individual
emergency shelters for 18,000 families, plus a helicopter to
efficiently transport relief supplies and disaster response personnel
throughout the Philippines' heavily damaged islands.
The plane will depart Friday from Charlotte, North Carolina. Samaritan's
Purse sent a similar cargo jet carrying 100 tonnes of emergency
equipment and medical supplies to the Philippines on Nov. 16, and is
planning another mercy flight later this month.
"The homes of many typhoon victims were completely destroyed, and many
other homes were heavily damaged, and so the additional shelter
materials we are sending on the flight tomorrow are urgently needed",
said Brent Davis, disaster response manager for Samaritan's Purse
"Also, getting staff and supplies to remote areas of need continues to
be a major obstacle, and so the helicopter—which fulfilled a similar
role for a long period after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti—is a key part
of our Philippines response."
The helicopter will help Samaritan's Purse deliver aid on Bantayan,
Leyte, and Cebu Islands. It will transport the Christian relief
organization's staff and volunteers, plus emergency equipment and
supplies including shelter materials, hygiene kits, and food packages
to typhoon survivors
"We have been able to respond quickly, bringing help and hope to
thousands of hurting people—and we have our Canadian donors and
supporters to thank for that," said Fred Weiss, Executive Director of
Samaritan's Purse Canada. "This helicopter will strengthen our ability
to reach those most in need."
Samaritan's Purse was on the ground one day after Super Typhoon Haiyan
devastated much of the central Philippines. Since then, the
organization has distributed over 16,000 tarps (emergency shelter for
families, schools, and churches) and more than 18,000 food and hygiene
kits. It has also set up eight community filtration systems, each
providing as much as 40,000 liters of clean water each day.
In addition, Samaritan's Purse is helping restore health services at a
storm-damaged hospital in Palo, Leyte, in response to a request from
the Philippines government. Samaritan's Purse set up a mobile field
hospital on the site and its medical personnel are working at the
facility and also in remote communities where no health services are
Donations Needed - Dec. 23 Deadline for Federal Matching
Go to SamaritansPurse.ca or call 1-800-663-6500 to donate. December 23 is the deadline for
donations to be eligible for matching by the Canadian government.
Learn more about Samaritan's Purse's Philippines relief efforts at SamaritansPurse.ca, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 40 countries to help victims
of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. We also
operate the well-known Operation Christmas Child program that sends
gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children around the world each year. In
addition, we build and install thousands of life-saving BioSand Water
Filters in the developing world. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.ca.
SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
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