Samaritan’s Purse Launches Relief Efforts to Help Victims of Deadly Wildfire Still Burning in Northern California (Press Release)

Disaster Response Specialists Preparing to Aid Victims of Carr Fire

BOONE, N.C., July 30, 2018 — As the Carr Fire continues its destructive and deadly path across Shasta County, California, Samaritan’s Purse is on the way to aid affected families. The North Carolina-based organization deployed a Disaster Relief Unit stocked with relief supplies on Sunday. A team of disaster response specialists is already on the ground assessing damage, connecting with local churches and preparing to assist families as soon as possible.

“Deadly wildfires have devastated hundreds of homes across Shasta County,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “It breaks my heart to see those who have fled the fires return to find their homes completely destroyed. Our teams are on the ground getting ready to help families recover from the fire physically while also reminding them of the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

Samaritan’s Purse will mobilize volunteers from across the country to help families recover personal items like photo albums, jewelry and keepsakes from the ashes.


  • Debra Cooper, assistant program manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan’s Purse, on the ground in Redding, California
  • Tim Haas, manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan’s Purse, coordinating the response

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team have also deployed and will work alongside Samaritan’s Purse volunteers to share the love of Christ, providing spiritual and emotional care to families.

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About Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief organization that has helped more than 40,000 families in 36 U.S. states following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms. Over the past year, disaster response teams helped more than 4,600 families in Texas and Florida recover from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and aided tornado victims in Alabama, North Carolina, Connecticut and Iowa.