Samaritan’s Purse arrives to lend a helping hand (July 2, 2013)

Written by Charles Lefebvre

Published by Medicine Hat News on Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Christian group out of Calgary will be setting up shop in Medicine Hat this week to help with flood damaged homes.

Samaritan’s Purse arrived in Medicine Hat on Saturday morning and volunteers for the group were expected to hit the ground running by Monday.

“With the help of the city, we have identified the most vulnerable areas that will more than likely need Samaritan’s Purses help,” said project manager Steve Elliott on Saturday. “Once we’ve had a chance to assemble to teams, we’ll be able to deploy them to the needy areas and help the most vulnerable.”

The group and its volunteers will be focusing a majority of their energy on the Flats during their time in Medicine Hat.

Samaritan’s Purse will primarily be doing “cleanouts” of flood-damaged homes beginning Monday.

“We go in with volunteers with the proper safety equipment and we gut the basement right back to the foundation wall,” said Elliott. “It’s done very quickly and done correctly.”

The group can also come in and pump water out from homes if needed.

“Samaritan’s Purse is happy to be here in Medicine Hat to help out residents anyway we can,” said Elliott.

The organization is currently set up at Hillcrest Evangelical Church and expects to have at least 40 volunteers to start, with numbers increasing during the week.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help out the organization can drop by the church during the day and sign up.