Governor Palin was in Alabama Tuesday night to give a speech as the keynote speaker for the Baldwin County Exceptional Foundation fundraiser. She spoke for over an hour covering many topics, including her vision for America and her faith and family values. She spoke at length about her Down Syndrome son Trigg, and how he has been a source of strength and love in her family. She also commented on the destruction she had seen from the tornadoes that had devastated many areas and offered condolences to those affected.
Today (Wednesday) she got together with Revernd Graham's Samaritan's Purse U.S. Disaster Relief in Birmingham to help area residents clean up.
As she helped clear debris, Sarah said: "It feels great to be working out here. I hope more people sign up with Samaritan's Purse so they can be blessed like I am today."
Todd Palin, four-time winner of the Iron Dog off-road snowmobile race across Alaska, along with his wife, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, joined Samaritan’s Purse volunteers to help tornado victims in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday.
“I came here to work hard,” Todd said. “There’s no point in being here if you’re not going to work hard.”
After getting a safety briefing and talking with volunteers, the Palins joined a crew helping homeowner J.L. Price recover from the storm. They help haul off brush and debris, and, with the rest of the team, prayed with Mr. Price.
“It feels great to be working out here,” Sarah said. “I hope more people sign up with Samaritan’s Purse so they can be blessed like I am today.”
The Price home took a direct hit from a tornado, and sustained a lot of damage.
“It’s hard to imagine anyone surviving this,” Todd said. “What a terrifying time it must have been for them. This just really gets you.”
While going through the debris, Todd found a wooden plaque bearing the Price name and nailed it to a tree, one of the few things remaining standing on the property.
This is the third time the Palins have participated in Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts.