Samaritan's Purse helping families after Camp Fire disaster

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Paradise fire van on fireDisaster relief teams are on the ground in Northern California helping homeowners recover from the massive Camp Fire that destroyed thousands of homes.

After getting clearance from local authorities, Samaritan's Purse has more than 140 volunteers on the ground to assist homeowners.  

Samaritan's Purse spokesperson Chandler Saylors, who is at work in California, says the goal is to come alongside "hurting homeowners" to remind them that they are loved and not alone.

Saylors gives an example of the humbling work the volunteers are doing: helping a husband and wife after she lost her wedding band during their hurried escape from the fires.

"And our team was able to come out and one of the volunteers recovered her wedding band," she tells OneNewsNow. "And immediately when she saw it, she stuck the ring on her finger still covered in ash, and both the husband and wife just began to weep with joy at just the excitement that small but such a meaningful gift that was found in the ash."

Saylors expects they will be busy for the next couple of months or longer as more than 1,800 families have requested the relief organization's help.

More volunteers will be needed.  Volunteer information can be found at www.spvolunteer.org.


Editor's note: Corrected spelling of Chandler Saylor's last name.

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