How to help: Samaritan’s Purse deploys field hospital to Ukraine

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Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian-based relief nonprofit organization, deployed a 30-bed emergency field hospital to Ukraine on Friday. The organization said that the first phase of the deployment began with a DC-8 cargo plane based in Greensboro, N.C. airlifting the initial stages of the hospital, along with a disaster response team. The plane will land in Poland, and the field hospital, and doctors, nurses, and other personnel will be transported overland to Ukraine to provide specialized trauma care to those being injured during the Russian invasion.

The field hospital has an operating room and capacity to handle up to 10 surgeries per day, an intensive care unit, an emergency room, a pharmacy, and its own water and sanitation system. As many as 100 patients a day can be seen at this hospital, and it will be operated by more than 50 staff (medical and non-medical), the group said.

“The situation on the ground is fluid and changing rapidly, but the hospital could be operational early next week,” Samaritan’s Purse reported.

“Ukrainian families are hurting and in desperate need of physical aid and prayer during this difficult time,” said Franklin Graham, president.“We are deploying life-saving medical care to aid people who are suffering. We want to meet the needs of these families in their darkest moments while pointing them to the light and hope of Jesus Christ.” 

Samaritan’s Purse already has disaster response specialists on the ground in Poland, Romania, and Moldova, and will send two smaller medical clinics on an additional flight next week. The organization is working now to identify the best place for these units to be located to meet minor trauma needs and provide general medical care for some 200 patients each day.

Samaritan’s Purse reported people fleeing into Romania, where the group is already helping refugees.

The Ukraine crisis is widening as fighting continues in major cities. More than one million refugees, primarily women and children, have left the country seeking shelter in nearby nations.

Samaritan’s Purse has been working in Ukraine for years though its Operation Christmas Child program, and so has many contacts throughout the country.

“As conflict erupted, we were in the process of distributing 600,000 gift-filled shoeboxes this year. We remain in contact with churches in the country to see how we can assist in this volatile situation. Please pray for God to grant them strength and protection,” the group said.

The group also has many connections in Alaska, where it is well-known and maintains an office and aircraft in Soldotna. It operates Operation Heal Our Patriots at Port Alsworth every summer, where war veterans and their spouses come for healing and restoration. Also, the group sends many volunteers to villages every year to rebuild from disasters such as floods and fires.

One of the best ways to help Samaritan’s Purse is through a donation at the group’s website. There are positions open for those with specialized skills or for those who wish to join a disaster relief team at this link.

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  1. Thank you to Samaritan Purse for all they do!! Prayers for their safety as well as the Ukrainian people.🙏🏻

  2. Samaritan’s Purse is alway there. Usually before Red Cross, Red Crescent, Docs Without Borders, all of them.

    They stay longer, too.

    Best, their administrative overhead is as small as it gets. Not like the crooks at United Way who used to keep .95 out of each $1 donated.

    • Really? United Way used to keep 95 cents out of every dollar? I think you have your numbers reversed. When I volunteered with them, the administrative overhead was less than 10%. One of the best. Red Cross used to be used to be about 50%.

  3. This is a noble but dangerous mission. Typically, a large red cross could be displayed on unarmed field hospitals and ambulances where supposedly the enemy would not fire on them. With Putin at the helm all the rules of engagement I feel are sadly out the window.

  4. i have a question. can somebody tell me why we have to worry about Ukraine. it seems like we have huge problems of our own that we have to take care of. We have a president who wants our fuel prices to go up , empty shelves in stores, the prices are going up on everything, we have credit cards that are cutting off people if your conservative, also they wont let you buy a gun with the blessing of Biden, we have Biden actually lying on covid things, his people are working to stop logging ,already closed some oil, he wants to force us into buying a electric car, and there is more . Biden seems to be just like Putin, i think Biden would not mind if people were rounded up and put to death just like Putin. and the republicans do nothing but try to do big talk.i think the press is trying hard to get us distracted and it looks the republicans are falling for it. while were distracted Biden does things, after all the republicans have been good about telling us how Biden is acting like a communist and we are losing our country then Putin who is a communist is under fire for doing what communist do and Biden gets a pass
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    • Ukraine is akin to the US, good people, lumbered with shite leadership.

      These leaders stick together like ticks on a mule, they’re terrified the Russian Bear has their scent, and is coming for lunch.

      In case you’d missed it, Biden, Kerry and Pelosy are up to their necks in Ukraine corruption/cash.

      • Didn’t y’all impeach Trump for asking questions of the crook in Ukraine who was paying Hunter Biden for that no-show multi-million dollar Burisma gig!

        Selective memory Bill………… you people the worlds most shallow of thinkers. #flipflop

  5. Want a real story? Look where the Russian incursions/bombings are, now see what US “research facilities” (Biolabs) are in those same areas. See if you can find Fauci’s travel itinerary, and see if any of those points match.

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