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Former first lady speaking in Abilene to support local nonprofit

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 05 2012 08:59:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 05 2012 09:19:38 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

It's an organization that helps people in more than 25 countries -- and now they are asking for your support.

Global Samaritan Resources is a Christian humanitarian nonprofit located right here in Abilene. The organization started in 1999 to aid third world countries.

"Anything and everything that is surplus in the United States and then we ship it on 40 ft. containers to other partners around the world that are doing work in foreign countries," said Esther Kissel, a worker at Global Samaritan.

These medical supplies are crucial for poverty stricken nations. Even drinking water is rare, something our nation takes for granted.

"We put in many water purification systems in Hati after the earthquake," Kissel said. "Those are still in operation today."

Global Samaritan also works to help those in need at home. They sent supplies after the devastating tornadoes hit Dallas this past spring.

So how can you help? Donations are always welcome: non perishable food items or cash. Also, you can buy a ticket to attend the organizations benefit dinner where former first Lady Laura Bush will be speaking.

The organization expects around 1,000 people at the event.

It will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9th at the Abilene Civic Center. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information click :http://globalsamaritan.org/an-evening-with-laura-w-bush