Congress continues to fund hurricane relief a few billion dollars at a time. But while the wheels of the federal government turn slowly, money and aid channeled through Christian ministries often are the first to arrive at the scene of need.
In Florida, generators provided by Samaritan's Purse are providing much needed power to some residents of the Gulf Coast, according to spokesman Luther Harrison.
"We have staff in Ft. Myers, Florida – and our team will be arriving [soon] with folks we've already talked to on the ground in Naples, Florida," says Harrison. "The bridge is out between Marco Island and Naples so they're ferrying food and different supplies and relief goods over to the people."
"We've already distributed food kits for over 20,000 families and another 2,000 ... will have emergency relief supplies for water filtration, food, blankets, hygiene kits, plastic sheeting to help tarp in their homes."
The ministry's DC 8 also delivered supplies to the island of Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten. Irma did a lot of damage on Florida's west coast, but it devastated that tiny Caribbean island.
Meanwhile, chainsaws are the order of the day in Houston, where some damage estimates run as high $180 million. Steve Tybor of Eight Days of Hope says that ministry remains on duty as the nation's fourth-largest city recovers from Harvey.
"We have about a thousand volunteers who've already signed up to volunteer with us and they've been mucking or gutting out homes," he tells OneNewsNow. "We're gutting out approximately 15-20 homes every single day."
Tybor says volunteers with the ministry will be in Houston for many months to come. Both Samaritan's Purse and Eight Days of Hope say they're still looking for donations and volunteers.
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