Samaritan's Purse sends volunteers to SC

Samaritan's Purse sends volunteers to SC

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A group known for its shoebox ministry, called "Operation Christmas Child," is extending helping hands to the Lowcountry.
The group Samaritan's Purse is helping South Carolina get back on its feet, with discovery relief following the floods at the beginning of October.

"I'm here to do what they can't do, because we can do it," said Samaritan's Purse volunteer Michael Brunelli.

Brunelli, and other volunteers, heard how South Carolina is suffering. They knew they had to help.

Samaritan's Purse volunteers from all over the country stopped their daily routes, and came to the Palmetto State.

"We usually target the elderly, the disabled, those who can't help themselves," said Brunelli.

Michael and his team, of about eight people, made a stop in Tranquil Estates, in Ladson, to help people like Anthony Lemon who was clearing out his aunt's house.

A pile of furniture near the street marked the after math of a scary time.

"I was looking out there and all I could see was water," said Lemon, talking about when he came to save his aunt almost two weeks ago.

Lemon said, it was the perfect storm.

"Full moon, high tide and, the water had no place to go," said Lemon. "So it came up in her house and now we're dealing with it."

From water logged books, to destroyed bedroom furniture, Brunelli said he was shocked to see the devastation. 
He said there were refrigerators on their sides, couches turned over.

"Like it had been floating around, and then when the water went, it just kind of landed where it landed," said Lemon.

As with every storm, the sun will eventually come out. And sometimes, it's in the form of volunteers with bright orange shirts and big hearts.

"We're getting back to getting her to normal," said Lemon. "So, it's been an ordeal."

Thanks to those generous hearts, the recovery is much more manageable.
There's also volunteers in Columbia, helping with disaster recovery. 
The group is based out of Boone, North Carolina. It's run by Evangelist Billy Graham's son, Franklin.

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