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Samaritan's Purse helps those who lost homes in Black Forest Fire

Sifting Through the Ashes

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - Families who lost homes in the Black Forest Fire have a lot of work in front of them, and an international group is stepping in to help with one of the toughest jobs.

Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian group, which offers aid to victims of disaster. Volunteers with the organization have been sweeping, shoveling and sifting through what's left of the homes that the fire destroyed.

"They are carrying our burden with us," said Jeffrey Zink, who lost his home in the fire. "They understand. It's not their property, but they understand the pain that we are going through."

Zink said the clean-up job looked overwhelming. But with the help of Samaritan's Purse, he and his wife have been able to find what he calls little victories, things like medals and a small statute.

But Samaritan's Purse leaders said their mission goes beyond the physical work.

"(Volunteers are) just able to be there to support that homeowner and to show them Jesus Christ's love in a way that's easy for them to understand," Todd Taylor said.

Taylor said there are about 80 volunteers throughout Black Forest, and about 90 percent of them are from Colorado. He said the organization can handle about 300 to 400 volunteers a day. To volunteer or to seek Samaritan's Purse help, you can call 719-623-2750.

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