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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

9 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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently volunteering with this organization to help with hurricane disaster relief in nj. They are doing amazing work. I am Christian but not a church goer and have to admit I am always cautious of any large group in power whether political or religious. That being said, the amount of work this group gets done is amazing. They are truly making a huge difference in peoples lives every day. I have volunteered with other organizations that are not as organized and not as productive. Samaritan purse is not that way. They send out teams of volunteers who simply act. They do whatever is needed... no questions asked. They rip up carpet, pack up a house, tear up carpet, clean out moldy furniture, offer a listening ear, seriously anything needed. Thus far I have been very impressed. I have read the leader makes a huge salary which disagree with however, that aside they are great. My recommendation would be to volunteer with them. If you are concerned about donating money, don't. Volunteers are an organizations greatest asset . Honestly, any big organization needs some money for administration costs. It takes money to mobilize volunteers and get work done. I can honestly say though that the team of 20 volunteers I worked with yesterday did 10,000$ worth of work in 6 hours. That's huge.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

Valuable, fun experience to understand your cash donation or christmas shoebox is benefiting a child and their holiday. Equipping them with gifts at Christams and making it a memorable experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no greater pleasure than seeing the smile of the kids opening their shoe boxes and knowing that what you are giving really goes to what it was destinated.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Waisting resources? Could not have been more disappointed. I would caution anyone considering going on one of their missions trips to consider if their money and time could be better spent somewhere else. Maybe a group that is more accountable? We sent our young adult child on a trip that was meant to have both a medical and dental clinic as our child was preparing for medical school. NEITHER the medical clinic or the dental clinic WERE DONE on the two week trip. We did not find out until we could talk to our child when the group returned. No one told us and no one addressed it after the return. The group were just told they "didn't have a doctor" once they were down there like it was not big deal. They never so much as SAW a clinic. I wonder if this may happen frequently and unsuspecting volunteers miss out of contributing economically and physically in ways they had intended and raised funds for. The volunteers instead spent two weeks doing: some time at an orphanage and mostly distributing christmas boxes and playing with kids (often giving boys the girl boxes because they did not have the right amount of each gender) and they dug trenches by hand for two weeks (side note: daily pouring rain and mud). Prior to the trip, volunteers are encouraged to have their friends donate directly. The problem with this is that people unknowingly keep giving AFTER personal fundraising goals have been reached. I think this is done strategically by them and I believe it to be manipulative. We later found out our raised funds far exceeded the required funding for the medical and dental clinic trip (that WERE NOT EVEN DONE). We PERSONALLY raised more than the allotted funds and we had no say on where the additional hundreds and hundreds of dollars were to go. The youth raised enough for a medical and dental clinic. Neither were done and the money they raised for the clinic was of course not reimbursed or applied to them doing a clinic in the future. There were a few pre-med students on this trip anticipating to pay for incoming university and instead they invested in THIS GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT. There is no way the $3500+ that each person was asked to donate could be used up on only group reduced air fair and sleeping in a continually rained-out tent. Plus, like I said earlier, we raised quite a bit more than the minimum. WOuld not recommend.

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Donor Ministries 05/29/2012

Dear personwhojourneys, Thanks for your family's commitment to doing the work of God in the world. We regret the disappointments encountered and would welcome the opportunity to review the matter to see where things broke down and to improve future planning and communication. If you would, please, contact me directly at 828-278-1396. Steve Nickel, Director of Donor Services, Samaritan's Purse

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I an currently a Year Round Volunteer with Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child. During the past two years as shoe box gift packer, Project Leader for our church, Drop Off Location organizer and now Area Coordinator for Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills, AZ, I can honestly say I have been behind the scenes of this organization. They not only care about the children who receive the shoe box, but they also care about the volunteers and the people who pack the shoe boxes on "this side of the box". I only have good words and praise to say about this organization and before you make your comments based on the $$ amount paid to Franklin Graham, perhaps you should take a better look as to how they are accounting VERY CLOSELY all the monies and gifts that come in for needy children around the world. Thank you Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child for blessing me with the opportunity and privilege to work along side a well run organization!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in New Orleans after Katrina and also in Haiti for cholera treatment volunteering as an RN and every time I have been nothing but highly impressed with the quality of their work, their supplies, and the effort they make to maintain the safety of the volunteers. There was no fancy accommodation, basic needs were met, but they were all genuine people of God, with a big job to do and they did it with great enthusiasm and without judgement