Mobilizing To Help Tornado Victims In Oklahoma

Franklin Graham’s ministry Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the devastating tornadoes that hit the Oklahoma City area last week.

Two Disaster Relief Units were deployed from Samartin’s Purse North Carolina headquarters.

The Units are tractor-trailers stocked with heavy-duty plastic, chainsaws, generators, and other tools and equipment. The units also serve as command centers for the response.

Volunteers are helping storm victims by cleaning up debris, salvaging personal belongings, cutting up and removing downed trees, and tarping damaged roofs.

They will be working alongside Rapid Response chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, letting people affected by the tornadoes know that God hasn’t forgotten them.

Anyone who’s lost a home in a fire or natural disaster will tell you it’s the loss of family photos and keepsakes that hurts the most.

To help alleviate the pain after last week’s tornado, Leslie Hagelberg of Tulsa set up a special Facebook page.  It’s called the “OK Tornado Doc & Picture Recovery” page.

Leslie is asking people in Oklahoma to post pictures of sentimental items they may have found blowing around their yards.

Here are just a few examples of things that have been posted and claimed by their owners: Photos of kids perched on Santa’s knee, baby pictures and ultrasound images.

One memento was reportedly found 250 miles from the site of the twister!

Please continue to pray for those impacted by the tornados in Oklahoma.  Learn more here about Samaritan’s Purse.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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