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Samaritan’s Purse sending disaster relief unit to Abbotsford

Specially equipped tractor-trailer to help with flood recovery
Samaritan’s Purse is sending a disaster relief unit to Abbotsford to help in flood-recovery efforts. (Photo: Samaritan’s Purse)

Even as Samaritan’s Purse continues to help operate the evacuation shelter at Tradex, the organization is transporting equipment and staff to Abbotsford to help residents with flooded homes.

A specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit (DRU) is on its way to Abbotsford and, once it arrives, Samaritan’s Purse will recruit and equip volunteers to clean damaged homes.

DRUs are tractor-trailers outfitted with disaster-recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers.

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They also serve as volunteer coordination centres and are equipped with a self-contained office, communications system, and other supplies.

The DRU will be based at Northview Community Church, 32040 Downes Rd. Anyone needing assistance can call 1-833-738-7743.

Anyone who wants to volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse in Abbotsford should visit

“We’ve had a lot of people eager to help, but not sure how,” said Jonathan Giesbrecht, executive pastor at Northview Community Church. “Disaster relief is what Samaritan’s Purse does, so this is a partnership made in heaven.”

Volunteers will receive an on-site orientation, and will serve with an experienced site leadership team.

Vikki Hopes

About the Author: Vikki Hopes

I have been a journalist for almost 40 years, and have been at the Abbotsford News since 1991.
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