Helping After Central Texas Tornado

May 24, 2024 • United States
volunteers working on a roof and on the ground in Oklahoma
Samaritan's Purse volunteers have been hard at work in many locations in the wake of this spring's tornadoes. This photo is from our work in Oklahoma and we are now responding to a new storm that hit Bell County, Texas.

Samaritan’s Purse is in central Texas after a powerful twister tore through the area. A Disaster Relief Unit is on its way and volunteer teams will soon be working.

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A strong tornado ripped through Temple, a town of nearly 90,000 residents in central Texas, leaving a trail of destruction Wednesday evening. The EF2 twister caused widespread damage to an estimated 500 homes and businesses in the Temple area of Bell County. Thousands are reeling from this sudden disaster, another in a series of storms that has wreaked havoc upon parts of the United States in recent weeks.

Samaritan’s Purse staffers are on the ground in Temple working with local churches and in collaboration with emergency authorities to identify areas of need. A Disaster Relief Unit and other smaller vehicles have been deployed and will arrive in Bell County soon. Over the coming days, Samaritan’s Purse volunteer teams will help weary homeowners remove fallen trees, clean scattered debris, and tarp damaged roofs—while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our host church is Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple. Volunteers may begin arriving on Sunday, May 26, at 12:30 p.m.

Please pray for those affected by this twister in Bell County. Pray for our teams on the ground as they soon begin relief efforts.

Millions across America have been affected by severe weather over the last few weeks. Samaritan’s Purse is currently responding in several locations, including Iowa, Florida, and two sites in Texas. Please prayerfully consider serving with us. To sign up, visit

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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