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Samaritan's Purse delivers food, supplies to Haiti

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Samaritan's Purse delivers supplies to Haiti (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 13, 2016) Samaritan's Purse delivers supplies to Haiti (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 13, 2016)
Samaritan's Purse delivers supplies to Haiti (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 13, 2016) Samaritan's Purse delivers supplies to Haiti (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 13, 2016)
Samaritan's Purse delivers supplies to Haiti (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 13, 2016) Samaritan's Purse delivers supplies to Haiti (FOX Carolina/ Oct. 13, 2016)
GREENSBORO, NC (FOX Carolina) -

FOX Carolina’s Brandon LaVorgna accompanied Samaritan’s Purse on a supply mission to Haiti on Thursday.

LaVorgna and the team from Samaritan’s Purse flew from Greensboro, NC to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to deliver, food, supplies, and other tools needed to recover and rebuild after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Matthew.

At least 473 deaths have been attributed to the hurricane in the impoverished Caribbean nation. A cholera outbreak has also been reported since the hurricane.

Samaritan’s Purse said one of the most important things they will be delivering to the hurricane-battered nation are tarps.

LaVorgna will be documenting his trip on Twitter and on the FOX Carolina News Facebook page.

Samaritan's Purse is an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization based in North Carolina and led by Rev. Franklin Graham.

FOX Carolina’s Brandon LaVorgna was given a media seat on the plane courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.

"Pilots, volunteers and Samaritan's Purse workers have been making trips back and forth since last week," LaVorgna said Thursday. "They've dropped off food, water, cots, medical supplies and doctors to help fight disease following the storm."

LaVorgna said the Samaritan's Purse team would be making a sixth flight to deliver supplies to Haiti on Friday.

At first glance, pilots Bryan Hilliard and George Kalbfleisch are flying into a tropical paradise Thursday afternoon. However, the closer they are to landing their DC-8 plane, the sooner reality hits Captain Hilliard.

"You can see the damage. The river for example as we pointed out on the way in are still swollen,” explained Captain Hilliard, “Almost over their banks. There's just an unbelievable amount of water that's saturated the area. That washed out bridges and roads."

Hurricane Matthew barreled through Haiti more than a week ago. It destroyed villages across the western coast. Captain Hilliard's crew and disaster relief teams from Samaritan's Purse have made trips between Greensboro, North Carolina to Port au Prince nearly every day.

Asher Bray is part of Samaritan's Purse international disaster response unit. He's responsible for finding out what communities need and somehow trying to meet an overwhelming demand of requests due to the damage.

The tons of food, clean water and medical supplies his teams bring into Haiti are vital for thousands of peoples' survival.

"Landing in Les Cayes and traveling out West along the coastline,” said Bray, “There's a lot concrete buildings but many of them crumbled and many roofs blown off. The further west you travel, the destruction gets worse and worse."

Bray says anything they bring is gone immediately from the back of their trucks.

"Desperate for aid,” said Bray, “When you're on distributions, you see that desperation. Their hands reaching up to the air trying to get to whatever they can to support their own families."

As for Captain Hilliard and his crew, there's no end in sight to continue helping those nearly 1300 miles away.

"We're coming back tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday and probably into next week,” said Hilliard, “Until we get enough materials here to meet the need, that's when we'll stop."

For more information on how you can help Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti, click

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