Disaster relief unit coming to Truro this weekend

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TRURO – The public will have an opportunity to learn about a Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief unit this weekend.

The unit will be stationed at the Calvary Pentecostal Church at 20 Curtis Dr. before returning to its permanent base in Moncton.

Relief co-ordinators Stephen and Mae Joudry will be on hand on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m. to showcase the unit to the public and answer any questions.

The tractor-trailer, which is specifically housed with equipment, tools and safety gear, is poised to respond to disasters throughout Atlantic Canada.

It is one of three stations across the country that have responded to more than a dozen disasters, including the 2008, 2010 and 2012 flooding in New Brunswick, as well as hurricane Igor in Newfoundland in 2010. The unit in Truro also served as a base during the southern Alberta flooding last summer, when Samaritan’s Purse helped about 800 families prepare their flood-damaged homes for rebuild.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada is a Christian relief and development organization working in about 40 countries to help victims of war, disease, disaster, and persecution. The charity is currently providing emergency relief to typhoon survivors in the Philippines, as well as Syrian refugees. Samaritan’s Purse is also responsible for Operation Christmas Child, which supplies hundreds of thousands of gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need every year. To learn more, visit www.SamaritansPurse.ca.

Organizations: Calvary Pentecostal Church, Operation Christmas Child

Geographic location: Truro, Moncton, Atlantic Canada New Brunswick Newfoundland Southern Alberta Philippines

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