Marianas Variety

Last updateWed, 17 Jul 2019 12am







    Tuesday, July 16, 2019-2:31:20P.M.






Font Size


Samaritan’s Purse to distribute 300 generators to Tinian residents

SAMARITAN’S Purse will distribute 300 generators to residents of Tinian this week.

On its website, the Christian humanitarian organization said it airlifted a second wave of relief supplies on Nov. 16 to the CNMI. “The Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 will bring 300 generators to families on the island of Tinian — where power is not expected to be restored in nine months. Hundreds of rolls of heavy-duty plastic tarp will help additional families on the larger island of Saipan.”

 Alyssa Benson, the organizations media relations, said in an email to Variety: “Samaritan’s Purse is continuing aid to thousands of families affected by Typhoon Yutu.”

 Mark Langham, Samaritan’s Purse team leader on Saipan, said no generators will be distributed on the island. “The 300 generators are for residents who are especially vulnerable and live in areas that will be without power on Tinian for the longest.” On Saipan, he said “the utilities company anticipates power restoration soon.”

 Samaritan’s Purse has already provided assistance to more than 2,600 families affected by Typhoon Yutu on Saipan and Tinian, Benson said. “We have partnered with local churches to distribute heavy-duty plastic tarps, water filtration units and solar lights.”

 Langham said they are also conducting medical missions, providing flu immunizations, tetanus shots and small wound care in remote villages.

Samaritan’s Purse was founded in 1970 by Dr. Bob Pierce and later taken over by Franklin Graham, son of the late Reverend Billy Graham. Samaritan’s Purse is committed to helping victims of natural disaster, war, famine, and poverty all over the world “in the name of Jesus Christ.”