Samaritan’s Purse deploying field hospital to Ukraine

In this May 7, 2020, photo, the Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, sits for a portrait at his group's field hospital in New York's Central Park. The Christian relief charity is set to conclude its coronavirus efforts at the end of next week. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

RALEIGH — Boone-based Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid around the world, said it was sending disaster response teams to Ukraine.

The organization said the initial structures for a 30-bed field hospital left North Carolina for Ukraine early on March 4.

“Ukrainian families are hurting and in desperate need of physical aid and prayer during this difficult time,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “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.”

The organization said it already has some teams on the ground in Poland, Romania, and Moldova, and two m medical clinics are expected to arrive next week. The health clinics will equip medical staff to meet minor trauma needs and provide general medical care for some 200 patients each day, the organization says.

In addition, Samaritan’s Purse is also planning to distribute food across Ukraine.