Lending a hand to help Samaritan's Purse

Nov 16, 2012 Full story: South Shore Record 101

As I helped my aunt and uncle sift through what remained of their one-story home in Oceanside the day after Hurricane Sandy flooded nearly all of their belongings, I knew there were thousands of others doing exactly the same.

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Bob

Wilmington, NC

#1 Nov 16, 2012
Gotta love Samaritan's Purse. Nothing like Christians doing good. Because, only Christians can do good. Oh, wait. You HAVE to be a Christian to work there. And why do they need multi million dollar buildings to help people? It's groups like this that make me think ALL churches should have to pay taxes.
really

York, SC

#2 Nov 16, 2012
Bob wrote:
Gotta love Samaritan's Purse. Nothing like Christians doing good. Because, only Christians can do good. Oh, wait. You HAVE to be a Christian to work there. And why do they need multi million dollar buildings to help people? It's groups like this that make me think ALL churches should have to pay taxes.
Exactly.. The elaborateness of the building is a little much, considering how many people they could have actually helped with the money spent on the new building. To me they are the perfect example of why "non profit entities" should be taxed. Secondly, they are exempt from discrimination laws because they are non profit which allows them to require you to be christian to work there. If I ask about religious affiliation with potential employees I am violation of the law.
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#3 Nov 17, 2012
It's a shame that they would exclude someone who wants to help just because they aren't Christian. I wonder how many of their employees supported Chick-fil-a back in May.
really

York, SC

#4 Nov 17, 2012
Bob wrote:
It's a shame that they would exclude someone who wants to help just because they aren't Christian. I wonder how many of their employees supported Chick-fil-a back in May.
Years ago I felt compelled to donate to such groups as I thought they were true non profit but after seeing the lifestyles and facilities of many groups I opted to switch my charitable contributions to local animal rescues. One issue that bothers me as well, with as many people in need both locally and nationally, why is it many of the christian non profits prefer helping foreign countries first disregarding the thought "charity begins at home"
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#5 Nov 17, 2012
really wrote:
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Years ago I felt compelled to donate to such groups as I thought they were true non profit but after seeing the lifestyles and facilities of many groups I opted to switch my charitable contributions to local animal rescues. One issue that bothers me as well, with as many people in need both locally and nationally, why is it many of the christian non profits prefer helping foreign countries first disregarding the thought "charity begins at home"
Half way through your post, I thought I would start my next one of with the "help starts at home", but you beat me to it. Lol. We have so many people around here that need help, but Samaritans Purse feels compelled to help people hundreds, and even thousands of miles away. I guess it's whatever gets them in the limelight.
Believer

Sparta, NC

#6 Nov 17, 2012
My problem is not so much with who they hire but where the money goes. Let us face facts, the top people are paid far more than they deserve to be if this organization is truly Christian.
But like hiring who they want, they can pay each other as much as they want. However, it will not be with my money.
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#7 Nov 18, 2012
I have a problem with who they hire. Can they not hire a Jew? A Muslim? An Atheist? Are those people not able to do good? They make it seem like a good Christian charity, but when you only allow Christians to work there, you make it look like no one else is willing to help.

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#8 Nov 18, 2012
Bob wrote:
I have a problem with who they hire. Can they not hire a Jew? A Muslim? An Atheist? Are those people not able to do good? They make it seem like a good Christian charity, but when you only allow Christians to work there, you make it look like no one else is willing to help.
I was just wondering if you have every familiarized your self with the organization?

MISSION STATEMENT
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Since: Sep 12

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#9 Nov 18, 2012
Bob wrote:
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Half way through your post, I thought I would start my next one of with the "help starts at home", but you beat me to it. Lol. We have so many people around here that need help, but Samaritans Purse feels compelled to help people hundreds, and even thousands of miles away. I guess it's whatever gets them in the limelight.
I didn't see much "limelight" when they sent aid and people up north to help out with "Sandy" victims. My neighbor went he works there. No they help any here do they?

Since: Sep 12

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#10 Nov 18, 2012
Here's another link if you care to see in pictures what they do.http://www.samaritanspurse. org/index.php/In_Pictures/
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#11 Nov 18, 2012
No limelight? I just saw Franklin Graham in a commercial a couple days ago specifically stating that they sent trucks up north. I guess he has to keep those donations coming in to fund his lavish lifestyle and to fund the purchase of the multi million dollar building in Blowing Rock that they just had to have.

Since: Sep 12

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#12 Nov 18, 2012
Bob wrote:
No limelight? I just saw Franklin Graham in a commercial a couple days ago specifically stating that they sent trucks up north. I guess he has to keep those donations coming in to fund his lavish lifestyle and to fund the purchase of the multi million dollar building in Blowing Rock that they just had to have.
Actually, I think is was only one point something million dollars. The town was glad to unload it, what do you know of his "lavish" lifestyle?
really

Irmo, SC

#13 Nov 18, 2012
emlu wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, I think is was only one point something million dollars. The town was glad to unload it, what do you know of his "lavish" lifestyle?
The prior office building could have been expanded much more cost effective than building the new rock and glass facility. If it was a matter of truly helping others, then the cost should weigh heavy on the conscience if the decision makers to waste such money on an office building. Who they trying to impress?? I think it backfired because everyone I know personally was appalled when they realized such a huge portion of the donations went not to help others but rather to provide glitzy office space for the ego driven management but like myself, they will have a concerns with my money again. It stays local now.
Pepper

Lenoir, NC

#14 Nov 19, 2012
I quit putting the shoeboxes together when I found out that non-Christian children were being turned away. I donated those boxes on the good faith that *ANY* child in need would receive one and it really chapped my aZZ to find out other-wise. Now I donate to the Salvation Army and pet food for animal shelters.

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#15 Nov 19, 2012
Pepper wrote:
I quit putting the shoeboxes together when I found out that non-Christian children were being turned away. I donated those boxes on the good faith that *ANY* child in need would receive one and it really chapped my aZZ to find out other-wise. Now I donate to the Salvation Army and pet food for animal shelters.
I find that hard to believe and would like to know the source of your information. I would be hard pressed not to ask Franklin Graham about it the next time I see him. The first time I saw Rev. Billy Graham I was 7 tears old at "Singing On The Mountain". To honest, I kinda shocked to observe the comments on this forum. Franklin and Jane Graham have been residents of Watauga County for how long? I had a flat tire one morning and Jane gave me a ride to work and saved me from walking. I have always known them to be great people. The Samaritan Purse organization is a "christian" based organization. There are all kinds of religious organizations out there, I don't fully understand the dissatisfaction. It helps people all over the world, as well as the US.

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#16 Nov 20, 2012
really wrote:
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The prior office building could have been expanded much more cost effective than building the new rock and glass facility. If it was a matter of truly helping others, then the cost should weigh heavy on the conscience if the decision makers to waste such money on an office building. Who they trying to impress?? I think it backfired because everyone I know personally was appalled when they realized such a huge portion of the donations went not to help others but rather to provide glitzy office space for the ego driven management but like myself, they will have a concerns with my money again. It stays local now.
How do you know it could have been expanded? How do you know it would have cost less? Are you on the planning board, would the existing building have handled additions "cost effectively"? There are a lot of regulations that goes into a project like that ask anyone that does commercial construction. Maybe buying an existing building was CHEAPER than the cost of a major addition and all the requirements that go with it. As for your donations, that is your decision. I hope that Monroe appreciates the money you will keeping "local".
really

Winnsboro, SC

#17 Nov 20, 2012
emlu wrote:
<quoted text>How do you know it could have been expanded? How do you know it would have cost less? Are you on the planning board, would the existing building have handled additions "cost effectively"? There are a lot of regulations that goes into a project like that ask anyone that does commercial construction. Maybe buying an existing building was CHEAPER than the cost of a major addition and all the requirements that go with it. As for your donations, that is your decision. I hope that Monroe appreciates the money you will keeping "local".
Open your eyes.. I assure you my thoughts are not mine alone but shared by many I know.
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#18 Nov 20, 2012
I agree with "really". If Samaritans Purse put as much time, effort and money into helping people as they put into their facilities, I would have a completely different view. But they don't, so it just looks like a sham. "Emlu". have you noticed that you're the only one on here defending them?
Funker

Boone, NC

#19 Nov 20, 2012
Bob wrote:
I agree with "really". If Samaritans Purse put as much time, effort and money into helping people as they put into their facilities, I would have a completely different view. But they don't, so it just looks like a sham. "Emlu". have you noticed that you're the only one on here defending them?
Bob, there are four people on this thread, five now counting me. Pointing out that "Emlu" is the only one on here defending them really isn't saying much.

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#20 Nov 20, 2012
Bob wrote:
I agree with "really". If Samaritans Purse put as much time, effort and money into helping people as they put into their facilities, I would have a completely different view. But they don't, so it just looks like a sham. "Emlu". have you noticed that you're the only one on here defending them?
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