NEIGHBORS: "Every day there’s a little more hope"
March 28, 2011, 4:15pm
Samaritan's Purse is an international relief agency headquartered in Boone. It is known for its annual Operation Christmas Child, which sends gifts to children around the world. The organization is also a lightning response unit for disasters worldwide, including the recent devastation in Japan. Days after the earthquake and tsunami, Samaritan's Purse was on the ground there.
A Samaritan’s Purse disaster response team is in Sendai, the city nearest the epicenter of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11. Every day, they distribute more of the 93 tons of emergency supplies from the airlift that arrived in the country March 19.
“We’re moving supplies out through mostly local partners,” said Paul Chiles, a team member who arrived in Japan within days of the disaster. “They take the supplies out to the local church leader, and the church knows who around in the surrounding communities needs help. They go out and provide that help. It’s effective.” ...
Yet as our teams continue to work through our church partners, they see glimmers of optimism.
“We’re hopeful,” Chiles said. “Every day there’s a little more hope.”