The massive job of helping people recover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael is well under way – especially with one relief agency in Florida doing more than its share to get the community back on its feet.
The Christian relief organization, Samaritan's Purse, has volunteer teams set up in Wewahitchka, Florida, located in Gulf County.
Tim Haas, the group's program manager for disaster relief in the United States, explained while on location that his team will be able to reach out to Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach and Callaway – the latter being on the eastern side of the storm-devastated Panama City.
"The majority of the work is chainsaw work, tree work, tarping of roofs,” Haas informed. “As we get into the Mexico Beach area, [and] as we get into the Port St. Joe area, we will be able to provide services for folks whose houses were flooded. We will be able to help people with recovering of personal belongings."
On the ground along the Florida coast, Haas told OneNewsNow that overwhelmed hurricane victims are relieved to know that there are caring people ready to lend a helping hand.
"They are so grateful for help with the tree work because right now ,they can't worry about that,” the Christian humanitarian aid worker shared. “They need to have it done, but they need the ministry of presence – they need people to be with them, to listen to them, to hug them, to make sure that they know that there is hope … make sure that they know that they're not forgotten. That's probably the biggest and the best thing that our teams are doing for these homeowners – [which] is that they're just there. It's the ministry of presence for them."
He assured that Samaritan's Purse will be in Florida for the long haul.
"We know that this is a marathon – not a sprint," Haas stressed.