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Graham joins NC volunteers in Oklahoma

Posted May 24, 2013
Updated May 25, 2013

— Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and president of North Carolina-based aid organization Samaritan's Purse, joined volunteers Friday in Moore, Okla. where residents are beginning the tough and tedious job of digging out from the twister that devastated their town.

Graham was making sure people were getting physical, emotional and spiritual help.

"I'm just thankful there was so little loss of life when you look at the size of the destruction," Graham said. "We thank God for that."

Chaplain Toni New was helping with those prayers. "They are sort of in shock right now, but they are really just happy to know they are alive," she said.

Many of those who dropped everything to come to Moore are from the Tar Heel state. The NC Baptist Men send four teams trained to use heavy equipment to help with the cleanup. 

Jim Ault, of Atlantic Beach, said the destruction is some of the worst he's ever seen. "I was at the Pentagon after 9/11, and I gotta tell you I haven't seen this kind of destruction in my entire career. It's honestly like a nuclear bomb went off." North Carolina's Baptist Men Moore residents, volunteers work to clear debris

Ault said he worked in a neighborhood that was debris as far as the eye could see. Insurance will pay for repairs, but it does not cover the cleanup.

 "My heart goes out to people who have just lost everything," said Laurie Uk, as she picked up shredded boards outside one damaged home.


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  • sunshine1040 May 24, 2013

    Those that are renting do not have a home to go back to so they need more then a prayer so please if you can lets rebuild some homes and get some clothing and furniture and food they can eat without having a stove to cook on.

  • Ex-Republican May 24, 2013

    Imagine, a conservative Christian group helping out those in need. The very same group targeted by the IRS.

    Now where is the ACORN, MoveOn.Org, and Media Matters groups? They're certainly not in Oklahoma.