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Originally published: 2014-02-20 09:32:02
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Our View: Effort-driven results

Few are the worldwide organizations, let alone those centered in Boone, that can, with little advance notice, spread their business resources more than 3,600 miles apart and operate dual and concurrent enterprises. For Samaritan's Purse, it's another day on the job.

As the Watauga Democrat reports today, Samaritan's Purse's relief efforts are now at work in Augusta, Ga. There, a recent ice storm downed powers lines, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without electricity. 

Such is the reputation of the international relief organization, that the Georgia Emergency Management Agency requested that Samaritan's Purse officials assess the damage and offer aid. Today, staff and volunteers are based in a small church and are assisting storm victims by removing downed trees and helping with debris clean up.

A world away -- approximately 3,644 miles -- as reported Sunday, Samaritan's Purse is also at work in Bolivia ("Flood response in Bolivia"). While that country has been wrestling with heavy rain since last fall, recent flooding became a national concern and cause of casualties, resulting in the declaration of a state of emergency. There, Samaritan's Purse is assisting with the basic needs of clean water and hygiene items. It is also assisting with nonfood supplies.

For many people, Samaritan's Purse is largely, if not solely, about Operation Christmas Child, and that is surely an important part of the organization's mission. 

But even that effort, like the international relief supplied to victims of floods, storms, famine and disease, is a year-round effort.