As one of our MH Equipment designated corporate charities, we are proud to highlight Samaritan’s Purse.
Samaritan’s Purse Mission Statement:
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Founded by Bob Pierce in 1970, Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief organization currently headed by Franklin Graham, that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations (Especially in locations where few others are working). Samaritan’s Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid.
Some of the ways Samaritan’s Purse provides assistance to others include:
Emergency Relief Programs offer food, water, and temporary shelter to meet people’s critical needs and give them a chance to rebuild their lives as they are faced with war or famine. Efforts include:
Community Development and Vocational Programs in impoverished villages and neighborhoods help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Samaritan’s Purse impacts the lives of vulnerable children through educational, feeding, clothing, and shelter programs that let them know they are not forgotten.
Operation Christmas Child is a ‘global Christmas gift exchange’ project operated by Samaritan’s Purse. Each November it opens thousands of locations, typically at churches or schools, to collect shoeboxes filled with toys,
school supplies, personal items, and other gifts. These boxes are then distributed as Christmas gifts, accompanied by Christian literature. From 1993 through 2008, some 69 million gift boxes have been handed out in more than 130 countries.
Disaster Relief responds to emergency situations. Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes teams of volunteers to repair houses damaged by natural disasters and provide basic necessities to those affected. The organization has four tractor-trailer units loaded with emergency supplies and equipment. Each can serve as a self-contained base in a disaster zone.
Some of Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief activities include:
World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, was founded in 1977 by brothers Dr. Richard Furman and Dr. Lowell Furman to enable doctors to serve short-term assignments at overwhelmed missionary hospitals. The Post-Residency Program supports physicians as they serve two-year terms in mission hospitals and consider becoming career missionaries. World Medical Mission also operates a warehouse that ships equipment and supplies to mission hospitals and provides them with technical support.
Children’s Heart Project provides surgery for children born with heart defects in countries where proper care is not available. Children are brought to North America, where services are donated by hospitals, surgeons, and host families and churches.
HIV/AIDS Projects mobilize private, church, corporate, and government resources to respond to the AIDS pandemic. In partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Samaritan’s Purse is working in East Africa with education about the disease and abstinence-based prevention programs.
Turn on the Tap is a campaign to provide safe drinking water in the developing world. Samaritan’s Purse-Canada holds the license to build BioSand Water Filters, which can provide a family with a perpetual source of safe drinking water. Samaritan’s Purse also drills and repairs wells, sets up large-scale filters in disaster zones, and helps to educate communities in hygiene and sanitation.
As you can tell from reading the long list of on-going projects by Samaritan’s Purse, that it is an amazing organization providing assistance to individuals in need world-wide. These efforts are just a few ways that tens of
thousands of people have been assisted when it mattered most. MH Equipment is honored to be aligned with Samaritan’s Purse and to help make a difference in the lives of others.
To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse, visit their website at: http://www.samaritanspurse.org