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Samaritan’s Purse travels to Haiti to deliver supplies

Your home gone. You’re surrounded by water, but you can’t drink any of it. Hundreds of people around you are dead – some likely your friends in family.

This is Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew.

And it is to those kinds of places that Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse ministry has quietly flown, to do what they can to bring some much needed supplies and a little hope to the people there.

“The Samaritan’s Purse is the first institution that comes here to bring relief to the poor people hit by the hurricane,” Thomslay Laguerre told us. He is a local bishop and government official on whom American charity is not lost.

“America is always there for us,” he said.

Samaritan’s Purse found itself flying so many missions it became less costly to buy its own plane – a DC8, which first rolled off the assembly line on Christmas Eve of 1968.

It’s seen a lot of miles, since, and the organization has transformed it into a plane that can fly 20 tons of supplies, things like tarps out of which they make temporary shelters, water filters, hygiene kits and food.

“We never show up empty-handed,” Nick Bechert, a 6-year veteran of Samaritan’s Purse missions told us. “We show up on the ground, somewhere, we have stuff to get started.”

FOX8’s Bob Buckley went along with the organization on one of their latest flights to Haiti … here are some of the reports from that trip, showing the group’s well-honed efficiency and the faith behind their work.