Samaritan's Purse sends more equipment to help with Houston relief

by: Dave Faherty Updated:

WILKSBORO, N.C. - Samaritan’s Purse is sending more equipment and people to Texas tonight to help with recovery efforts as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.

Eyewitness News reporter Dave Faherty went to the Christian relief organization Tuesday to find how they are helping those hit hardest by the storm.

There was a lot of activity at Samaritan’s Purse's warehouse in North Wilkesboro.

Samaritan Purse sent two semitrailer loads of equipment to Victoria and Rockport, Texas. A husband and wife team readied another 18-wheeler for the Houston area this morning.

"I am so happy to go down and serve, but I feel so bad for the people down there,” Jeff Bradbury said. “I hurt for them."

"From the time that the hurricane formed, we've been praying about it,” Cheryl Bradberry said. “Praying for the people."

Tim Haas, U.S. disaster relief manager for Samaritan’s Purse, said the trucks will be staged at churches in the hardest-hit areas where volunteers from across the country will join in the massive relief effort.

"We're going to be able to help people with their personal belongings for houses that have been flooded,” Hass said.Hass said.

Samaritan's Purse began mobilizing some of their equipment Friday before the storm hit Texas. As the devastation from torrential rain grew, the relief organization decided to send more equipment and volunteers to Houston.

Cheryl Bradberry hopes the rain stops soon and their work can begin.

"To see people's lives at the curb, having to empty everything out of their house because nothing is salvageable, is just horrific,” she said. “But we're just so thankful we can be there, and give them the hope of Christ."

One of the trucks has nearly 65,000 pounds of equipment and tools. Two more of them will be in Texas by midweek.

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