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Causes: Christianity, International, International Relief, Religion

Mission: Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing Gods love through His son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Programs: OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD/THE GREATEST JOURNEY The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. Each year, the project mobilizes over 150,000 volunteers in the United States. Since 2010, more than 11 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey—a 12-lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family. INTERNATIONAL CRISIS RESPONSE Samaritan’s Purse specializes in meeting critical needs for victims of war, disaster, and famine in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through local churches and ministry partners. Recent efforts include responding to refugees fleeing war-ravaged Mosul, Iraq, by providing food, shelter and other supplies, and operating an emergency field hospital to treat patients injured by gunfire, mines, and other explosives. Samaritan’s Purse also distributed emergency supplies to earthquake victims in Nepal and Ecuador, and continues to help people in Liberia recover from the Ebola outbreak. U.S. DISASTER RELIEF Since 1998, when Samaritan’s Purse equipped its first Disaster Relief Unit, staff and volunteers have helped more than 34,000 families impacted by U.S. natural disasters—hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and ice storms—by quickly providing emergency supplies and cleaning, repairing, and rebuilding homes. WORLD MEDICAL MISSION Each year, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse places hundreds of doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals in voluntary, short-term service with hospitals and clinics in the world’s least-developed countries. World Medical Mission also provides hospitals overseas with critical medical equipment and supplies. CHILDREN’S HEART PROJECT Children's Heart Project arranges life-saving operations for hundreds of children who live in countries where the required medical expertise and equipment are not available. Since 1997, Children's Heart Project has arranged cardiac operations for more than 1,200 children. OPERATION HEAL OUR PATRIOTS Operation Heal Our Patriots gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. Couples participate in Biblically-based seminars that help strengthen their relationships with God and others, while enjoy the beauty of God’s creation with outdoor activities at our Alaskan wilderness lodge. We continue to support these men and women after their initial stay, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority. Since 2012, 843 couples have participated in the program with 398 rededicating their marriages to the Lord and 342 coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Integrity, compassion and accountability are hallmarks of this organization. First responders during both domestic and international disasters, Samaritans Purse strives to be first to offer assistance as a tangible expression of God's love. Projects under its umbrella include Operation Christmas Child, Children's Heart Project, World Medical Mission and many others.

Kathy A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a Brownie Troop and we were talking about Operation Christmas Child ( shoe box) could you please tell me more, I don't know where to begin , Question are do we each fill a shoe box , and if we don't have the requirements on a shoebox what else can we fill and any information will help. How do we deliver to you we are out of Ohio .

Kathy

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Donor Ministries 10/10/2017

Hello Kathy! Thanks for your interest and desire to help. Go to this page to see the answers to your questions: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/. For additional help, email info@samaritan.org or call 800-528-1980. God bless you.

sganaye

Board Member

Rating: 4

It happens that in life, when we have seen the love ones dying too soon, it takes time to overcome the pain. It has happened to almost everybody and only time heals.
It was indeed difficult for me to accept that my 7 year old son Jephté also called Jeff, died from malaria while waiting for medical assistance in a queue at the public hospital. Jeff looked better in the morning, I thought he would have a quick test and he would be given some anti malaria tablets and he will be ok, so the mother should take him to the hospital, I will run to my office to my supervisor and asked for a permission and meet them at the hospital. When I met the company supervisor he told me to program " those 2 computers" and I would be free to go to the hospital for my son. After just an hour an half, there was a messenger who was at the gate of the company, he called the reception who put him through to my phone extension, the sad message is Jeff my son passed away. I just stood up and told my supervisor, my son just passed away. Within 5 minutes sweat as if I was beaten by the rains! I rushed to the cab station and hired the first taxi as " express" unbelievable! Jeff passed way and there was no room in the mortuary to keep his body there and his body was taken home to my bungalow waiting for burial! Jeff was buried in my back yard. It was hard to have loose my dad David a former school teacher, and six months later I lost my son. My pain and sorrow got worse the next day after from 4: am remembering both my dad and my son " leaving me here" when I shed tears for two hours at Jeff's tomb. Later on I prayed, and told God when you help me, I will help many of those who are in as the same situation as Jeff and David my dad. A month later I was hired as paid volunteer to work in East Timor, I began to save some money, later on I bought the land. God bless me again to have a better contract and took me to Lebanon then to Israel through official training to visit Jesus empty tomb, and birth place Bethlehem. I saved my pay and built a medical center called Kingston-diaspora that can be seen on www.kingstoncaraid.com and facebook.kingston.diaspora . God has been faithful., with 4 ambulances and 1 mobile clinic, our team was able to rescue, and provide medical assistance in emergency before during and after the devastating armed conflict in Central African Republic. The only obstacle was when the majority of muslim rebels ceased our ambulances and vandalized then their adversary called " anti balaka looted the building. At the moment one ambulance is completely writte off, others have clutch and their tires removed. God is faithful, we need your prayers from around the world and also to help us fix and put our ambulances and mobile clinic back on the roads. We have had assistance of Vitamin angels to give vitamins A and deworming tables to malnourished children, however we are unable to provide ambulance assistance in emergency cases and children, elderly people death rates has increased. Thank you for your prayers and support. we look forward to hear from you
God bless all those who will read this message.
Steven Francois G
sganaye@yahoo.com
www.kingstoncaraid.com
facebook.kingston.diaspora

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Donor

Rating: 1

Had my grandchild want to do a box through church and let him see where it goes.
Went to track package(CANNOT BE TRACKED) says it went to a hard to reach place, at least name a country.
My feeling is the box was taken apart for them do others things with.
NEVER THIS AGAIN.

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Donor Ministries 12/28/2016

Dear Donor13, Thank you for encouraging your grandson to give to a poor child in another country--probably the first gift that child has ever received. I'm sorry for your disappointment that the destination of his gift could not be reported back to you. Please be assured your grandchild's box was not taken apart for other purposes. Shoebox gifts are delivered to over 100 countries, and some of these are hard-to-reach areas. Shoebox gifts delivered to such areas provide a platform for local believers to share God’s love in a safe and culturally sensitive way, and allow ease of entry through customs. Not disclosing country information maintains the safety of our ministry partners who live and work in these areas. Thank you for packing shoebox gifts to bless children in need around the world! If you would like to discuss this further, please get in touch directly with us at 800-528-1980. God bless you.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Operation Samaritans purse is a wonderful program. Our family is feeling two shoeboxes to be sent to needy children. This is a well managed charity where 88% of the funds go directly to the recipients. I would rate it five stars except the CEO Franklin Graham receives a salary of $443,000 a year. I don't know how that guy sleeps at night.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Other ministries should take their cues from Samaritan's Purse! There are so very many reasons to praise this organization! Perhaps the most praise-worthy thing that they do is that they live out the Gospel in a very concrete way!

Operation Christmas Child is one of my favorite charities! I have great joy all year long, collecting items to fill shoe boxes, knowing that these gifts will bring joy to child, and in particular, that the gift will be accompanied by an invitation to grow closer to Christ!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Inspiring Greatness.

We are all born with special gifts, and it is my belief that if everyone tapped into their talents, and used them to help each other, there would be peace and harmony in our world.

Just like nature created animals, each with different yet important roles, I believe that humans were created with different roles to fill, too. But, as greed for money and power mixes with fears it interferes with universal law. We get out of balance--and disaster strikes.

That's why I am inspired to give--money and time--to help restore balance. We must spread awareness of important causes and to inspire others to speak up.

One of my special talents, which I believe many other people possess, too, is my voice. I believe I was put here to help those that cannot speak through written and verbal words. So, right now, part of my mission is to spread awareness of injustices around the world, to women, children, men, and the refugees fleeing Syria. I am doing this through my own social channels, by sharing stories and promoting orgs that are helping refugees, like Samaritan's Purse, and through my pro bono work with TheToolbox.org and Humanise (founded by iconic musician and humanitarian Peter Gabriel).

If you think there's nothing you can do you are wrong. Now, more than ever, those of us that can speak up for those without a voice must find the courage do so. If you don't have money to give don't worry about that. You can still share stories on social media and talk to friends to spread awareness.

Calming fears, educating my peers, supporting courageous acts and inspiring greatness is what drives me to give.

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2 braggcjoy3333

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Samaritans Purse for years. I like the diversity in the work they do. I like the Christian emphasis of this non profit. I like the transparency they have before the ECFA, with very high percentages of the money they receive going directly to recipients.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I find it funny that people would come on here and talk about contraception or any other contraversial issues. Samaritan's Purse goes into areas where there is total devistation along with ongoing dire projects. Sometimes before the Red Cross or anyone else is there. If people criticizing them are more concerned with their politics over the most basic needs people desperately need, then I would say they have thier priorities severely out of line.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a small donor to Samaritan's Purse for several years. My payments are set up on a monthly automatic draft. I also participate in their Children's Christmas packages (Operation Christmas Child). If you use one of their labels you can track your box and see what country it went to, which I enjoyed. Their disaster relief is wonderful and we have had them in our state several times. The volunteers have helped clean up neighborhoods struck by tornadoes and prayed with many of the victims. They are a Christian organization and therefore will promote Christianity in everything they do.

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2 Teresa71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a true charity! I could never fully say enough about what they have done to help anyone who needs help even if it was dangerous or life threatening! It is an organization like this that strengthenshe the belief in God and humanity!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

We are a team of college students that have been assigned the task of evaluating a charity for an international development. Through our research of Samaritan's Purse we have found them to be a very large international development organization. They work primarily in the developing world, and do very little aid work in the United States. There is substantial evidence that their projects have impacted the lives of people in the developing world. For example, their water projects have helped to provide clean drinking water for thousands of people in Africa. Another impressive aspect of Samaritan's Purse is the efficiency in which they spend donation money. They have very little administrative overhead, which allows close to 90℅ of donation money goes directly to funding development projects.

There are also some concerns that surround Samaritan's Purse, their leader , Franklin Graham, is a very conservative Christian. He has made comments about homosexuals and people of Islam that some people may find offensive. There is some evidence that this extremism has certain effects on their projects. For example, they refuse to administer birth control to men or women because it does not conform to their beliefs. This is a concern because it shows that they are unable to separate their religious beliefs and their work in devbeloping countries. This charity may not be for everyone, if you find your beliefs aligned with the views of Franklin Graham this may be the perfect charity for you, but we would advise caution as this charity seems to have a fairly extreme religious and political bend.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Samaritan's Purse is ethical all the way, and they've been incredibly responsive to me every time I've had a query about their livestock-related projects. My passion is ethical treatment of animals, and they've given me detailed descriptions of the training they give the recipients of their livestock animals as far as humane treatment, sound husbandry principles, and their Biblical philosophy regarding humans' responsibility to care properly for animals. One of my greatest joys every Christmas is choosing charity gifts from the Samaritan's Purse catalog. I recommend them with no hesitation to any donors considering making a contribution of any size.

5 Sue White

Donor

Rating: 5

I think Samaritan's Purse is one of the best organizations I have ever given to. I like their work, and
I know it isn't easy for them to go to some parts of the world because of the danger. But they do,
anyway. Franklin Graham stands up for the truth no matter what the world says. I admire that. Sue White

11 RichardWalden

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Unfortunately, two Samaritan's Purse volunteer medical staff in Africa contracted Ebola and are now at risk of death. Let's watch Samaritan's Purse CAREFULLY and see if they use this unfortunate happenstance in their fund raising appeals. Rev. Franklin Graham should be on his knees praying for their survival and not engaging in right wing political activities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I LOVE Operation Christmas Child. Our family LOVES Operation Christmas Child. Every year, we put together shoe boxes for children around the world, and take so much joy in sharing what we have with others! We teach our children using this outreach about those around the world who are less fortunate, and help them to have hearts that love to give. They fill out their own boxes and love it! This year we are having a OCC Packing Party with a kit from Samaritan's Purse, and we couldn't be more excited! Praise God for the opportunity to love on kids throughout the world!!!!

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Donor Ministries 09/21/2013

Thanks Layna. You and your family are helping to change lives through more than 9 million personal touches around the world each year in Jesus' Name. We're so thankful for your generous help.

10 Keziah Lex A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Its a blessing for us here in Philippines especially here at Benguet province to have this charity. Lots of children here including ours were excited and joyfully received Samaritan Purse Gifts.We are happy that there are Samaritans like this, giving smiles to our children.Thanks a lot.God Bless you MORE...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Am a born again christian Accountant) we had a chance when Samaritan purse gave a smile to pupils faces at our place of work (kampala school for physically handicapped) our pupils felt that are not left out globally for they imagined some body oversees to think about them.so Samaritan purse its our prayer we join you to do God's work
Gertrude Nakibuuka sozzi

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church is involved with Operation Christmas Child, which is how I became acquainted with Samaritan's Purse. I admire the work they do around the world through this program. In November, 2012 I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Haiti and work with a group of US volunteers at the Greta Home and Academy in Leogane, Haiti. I was so impressed with the SP leadership I met in Haiti, and just the overall experience I had. Our accomodations were by no means luxurious, but we were well taken care of and SP took our safety seriously. The Greta home, which is now operating, is a beacon of light that shines in a spiritually dark and corrupted country, yet beautiful and full of potential. God is doing great things through SP there. I cant think of another organization that I would rather support.

7 Bob_37

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many Christian charities out there showing starving children, some with only 5% of the donations going to the needed. Samaritan Purse is a very trustworthy organization with good accountability and 90% of the funds going to the needed. Bob Leone, www.HumanBeans.org

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