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Billy Graham, Samaritan’s Purse send tornado help

The Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse of Boone have sent help to tornado-struck Oklahoma, and officials with the two organizations, affiliated with evangelists Billy and Franklin Graham, say they are waiting to see if more aid is needed.

Samaritan’s Purse said it sent two Disaster Relief Units from its North Wilkesboro facility about 5:45 a.m.

The units are expected to arrive later Tuesday in Moore, Okla., site of a devastating twister that killed at least 51 people Monday.

The disaster units can provide a variety of assistance to those affected by natural disasters, and this isn’t the first time Samaritan’s Purse has been in Moore. The organization sent help in 1999, when a tornado killed 36 people in the same city.

Meanwhile, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has sent teams of chaplains to Oklahoma. The Charlotte-based association said chaplains were dispatched Monday evening. Chaplains already had been sent to Texas, to deal with killer tornadoes last week in the Fort Worth area.

“It’s always so difficult for survivors to comprehend the tragedy of a tornado, because everything happens so fast,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team.

“You wake up in the morning with all of your plans before you, and by the time you go to bed at night, your entire world has been changed -- and everything you once knew has been destroyed.

“Please pray for those who lost everything in this series of tornadoes, and especially for the loved ones of the victims.”

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