In September, generous church members and businesses donated more than $32,000 worth of cleanup supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah, Tenn., hosted and publicized the collection of brooms, shovels, wheelbarrows, work gloves, etc. Volunteers with the conference’s Adventist Community Services/Disaster Response team staffed the donation site and then drove the Georgia-Cumberland Conference’s semi-trailer truck to Corpus Christi, Texas, where the items were distributed to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Since Hurricane Katrina hit the South in 2005, the Samaritan Center has focused its disaster response efforts on assisting with the restoration of affected areas. “After the initial phase of providing shelter and the immediate rescue program, phase two in a disaster situation is the cleanup,” says Samaritan Center executive director Tony Dahlberg. “This is the area where we’ve chosen to give back.”
by Eddie Schwisow, Samaritan Center communication director