It was a humid Saturday morning as my two boys and I headed out to our property in Bastrop to meet with Curtis from Samaritan’s Purse. Curtis was a kindly older man, very soft-spoken, who clearly has a heart for helping others. Curtis has worked with Samaritan’s Purse for many years and has served across the country and across the world.
Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian aid organization focused on helping people physically and spiritually. It was founded by Billy Graham’s eldest son, Franklin, who serves as President of the organization. They often provide help after storm disasters. They usually don’t assist after fires but considering the need in our area they came in to help. I found out about them through my wife Tracy and her friends via Facebook.
Curtis and I were meeting so that I could get signed up with them to have the concrete slab, or foundation, from my former home in Bastrop broken up and moved to the right-of-way for Bastrop county to haul off. The latest word is that Bastrop will cease hauling away debris for free on May 21. After that residents will be responsible (financially and otherwise) for having all of their debris removed from their property. My discovery of Samaritan’s Purse couldn’t have occurred at a more convenient time and this was clearly another blessing in our ever-growing list of blessings. I had just finished moving the last of the brick debris from the perimeter of my foundation to the right-of-way beside the road. All that is left of house debris now is the foundation.
After filling out a very brief form with Curtis, I’m told its quite possible we could have them hard at work on our foundation as early as Monday.
Samaritan’s Purse will be in Bastrop for the next three weeks helping out fire victims with debris removal. There is no charge for their services. They are all volunteers, many of them having served all over the world. They are looking for people to help in Bastrop. If you or others you know affected by the Bastrop wildfires could benefit from their assistance please contact them. For more information on this wonderful ministry visit their website below.