For this is Love

Protection, Provision and Prayer

As COVID-19 rages across the world, Samaritan’s Purse has mobilised to respond in Jesus’ Name. In an unprecedented and widespread disaster that is both global and local in nature, we are doing all we can to provide care to those ravaged by this terrible disease.

Breaking News:

THIS IS LOVE – PROTECTION: Covid-19 Appeal. Samaritan’s Purse are launching a new ‘This is Love’ initiative. We are leveraging our disaster relief supply chain to equip the good work of UK churches and charities with PPE as they strive to meet the practical needs of the most disadvantaged in their communities, under the ever-present risk of the Coronavirus

They have been standing in the gap for years, but now these essential services are more important than ever. Food banks, supporting refugees, sheltering the homeless, and caring for the elderly are key to ensuring the marginalised in society are not forgotten. But these and many other vital but overlooked services are at risk.

We have already received over 300 requests from people and projects who desperately need the equipment to carry on. Vital face masks, gloves, and sanitiser would allow them to have a measure of safety as they care for their communities.  We are hearing that people are tired, scared and sometimes feel forgotten, but they don’t have to be.


Protection, Provision and Prayer for the UK

Samaritan’s Purse is stepping out in faith and allocating every penny we can to support them. Utilising our international supply chain, we are sourcing:

FFP1 masks:   96,000 pcs.
FFP2 masks:   48,000 pcs.
Latex Gloves:   60,000 pcs.
Nitrile Gloves:   60,000 pcs.
Sanitiser:   2,100 lt

Can we help you?

If you are a Church or a project with a desire to serve your community through ‘Good Samaritan’ activities you can apply for support – we will stand with you:

  • Community Care Grants: We are inviting local churches/projects in the UK to apply for grants of £1000, £3000 or £5,000 in order to keep their work going or get a new project off of the ground. 
  • Community Care Kits: We have 600 kits stocked with personal protection equipment (PPE) for key workers, for the vulnerable and for those conducting community ministry. (Each kit will include over £250 worth of FFP1 disposable face masks, FFP2 disposable masks, disposable nitrile and latex gloves and alcohol-based hand sanitiser.)


Can you help to ensure the vulnerable are protected?

Each gift will help us to supply another project with vital PPE to serve their community:

  • £22.40 could supply 50 more FFP1 masks
  • £44.80 could supply 100 latex gloves
  • £285 could supply an entire Community protection kit (including FFP1 disposable face masks, FFP2 disposable masks, disposable nitrile and latex gloves and alcohol-based hand sanitiser.)

Here are just three of the many requests for support we’ve received from Good Samaritans 

  • We need PPE for our staff as we provide 24 hour supported accommodation in registered care homes, we literally can’t carry on without it.
  • Support would make all the difference as we help to give food, groceries, and share the love of Christ to asylum seekers, single elderly people from minority communities, international students stuck in hostels, low-income families and parents of children with autism
  • Masks and gloves would lower the risk as we work with the homeless in our city every week, as we provide up to 70 warm meals a night.

Will you offer protection to a Good Samaritan?


 We are striving to ‘Stand in the Gap’ and support Good Samaritans as they themselves extend Christ’s love in practical ways to those who need us the most. Please join with us.

‘And this is love that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.’ 2 John 1:6

Can you benefit from a Community Care Grant or a PPE kit? Or can you ensure others are able to?

‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.’ Romans 12:6-8


When we stand together we are stronger. Let’s shine a light into the darkness.

Request a Community Care Grant

The COVID-19 Crisis is an unprecedented opportunity for the church to boldly show compassion and care for our neighbours.

  • We have produced a six step guide to mobilise your church to show Jesus’ heart to your community
  • We also have provided a comprehensive guide on to how to keep safe while making a difference

Find Out More and Apply


Ensure Good Samaritans are equipped to care for the UK:

You can make a difference:

  • £22.40 could supply 50 FFP1 masks
  • £44.80 could supply 100 latex gloves
  • £285 could supply an entire Church Community protection kit

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For this is Love

Standing in the gap – stories of Community Care Grants in action

The first of our church partnerships is just beginning in the form of the provision of five new foodbanks and support for Christians to volunteer in hospitals


More ways Samaritan’s Purse are responding to the global crisis:

Direct clinical care: Samaritan’s Purse directly provided critical clinical care in the global epicentres of the pandemic, Italy and New York City, through the deployment of two emergency field hospitals and teams of disaster assistance and medical specialist personnel.

Providing key equipment: We are distributing Personal Protective Equipment. Earlier in the pandemic we sent supplies to meet overwhelming needs in China, and now we are extending this to other areas where need has become dire.

Ministering to meet emotional and psychological need: Rapid Response Team Chaplains from our sister organisation, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, have virtually deployed ministering by phone to people experiencing fear, or suffering from anxiety and grief across the UK. Support can be found here.