Samaritan's Purse Sends Disaster Relief Unit, Staff and Supplies to Dallas Following Devastating Tornadoes

BOONE, N.C., Oct. 22, 2019

Samaritan’s Purse is providing critical relief to Dallas, Texas families after three tornadoes simultaneously struck the community—leaving a 16-mile path of debris and destroying hundreds of homes. After helping more than 160 families return home following Tropical Storm Imelda, a disaster relief unit stocked with tools and relief supplies was deployed to the affected area to aid impacted families.

“Hundreds of Dallas families lost their homes and years of precious memories in a matter of seconds,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse. “Please pray for our teams on the ground as they help families recover while reminding them of the true hope of Jesus Christ.”

Gateway Church Dallas, pastored by founding lead senior pastor Robert Morris, is serving as a base of operations for volunteers to go out into hard-hit communities and help hurting families clear debris, remove downed trees, tarp roofs and salvage personal belongings. Local volunteers interested in serving their community are invited to attend a brief orientation at 7:30am or 12:30pm daily or call 469-584-1413 for more information.

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Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team will work alongside Samaritan's Purse to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement to tornado victims.

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Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Led by President and CEO Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit