From The Tribune staff reports
FULTONDALE – A Christian organization based out of North Carolina is lending a hand in Fultondale.
Samaritan’s Purse is on the way less than 24 hours after a devastating tornado hit the city. The international Christian relief organization dispatched a Disaster Relief Unit — a tractor-trailer packed with chainsaws, generators and other tools — as well as key personnel from its North Wilkesboro, N.C. warehouse in the wake of the storm, according to the organization.
Assessment teams are already on the ground, canvassing the hardest-hit neighborhoods and preparing to aid in the recovery efforts. A representative says the organization is mobilizing teams of volunteers to help hurting families remove downed trees, clear debris, tarp roofs, and salvage personal belongings from the wreckage.
“Please join me in praying for these families whose lives were turned upside down as a result of the storm,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “This community is hurting—the tornado killed one person and injured more than a dozen. It also destroyed homes and businesses. We are responding in Jesus’ Name to provide physical aid while reminding families of the hope found in Jesus.”
Samaritan’s Purse also responded to the string of tornadoes that created widespread destruction in Lee County in 2019.