Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located in Cincinnati, OH, responded to massive flooding that has battered parts of South Carolina.  Torrential rainfall triggered massive flooding in South Carolina on Sunday, October 4, causing at least nineteen deaths.  According to the National Weather Service, Sunday was the wettest day in the history of Columbia, SC.  The storm dumped more than two feet of rain in parts of central South Carolina. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said parts of the state were hit with rainfall that would be expected to occur once in 1,000 years.  Hundreds had to be rescued, thousands were reported without power, numerous roads and bridges around the state were washed out or under water, more than 60 dams were being monitored and the flooding threatened the drinking water supply for tens of thousands.  Along the coast, residents prepared for an additional round of flooding as rivers overflowing with rain surged toward the Atlantic.

Matthew 25: Ministries’ advance team departed their facility on Friday, October 9 with Matthew 25’s complement of specialized Disaster Response vehicles, including the Tide Loads of Hope mobile unit, P&G Comforts of Home and Cintas First Aid and Safety co-branded box trucks.  The trucks were loaded with relief supplies including P&G personal care and cleaning kits, paper products, tarps, first aid and safety supplies. During the week-long trip, the team distributed relief products and provided laundry services in several locations including Lake Katherine in Columbia, the areas surrounding Glenhaven and Edmond in Southeast Columbia, and Landmark Square in Southeast Columbia and North Charleston.

In total, the Disaster Response team  completed more than 300 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 700 cases of laundry detergent pods, 880 personal care kits, 450 cleaning kits, 120 first aid kits, 900 rolls of toilet paper, 1,100 rolls of paper towels, 45 cases of diapers, 150 containers of wipes, and 40 tarps.

Two truckloads of aid also departed Matthew 25: Ministries on Friday, October 9 headed for locations in South Carolina. The semis were loaded with additional personal care and cleaning kits, first aid and safety supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissues, tarps, water, food, diapers and laundry detergent. The combined trucks delivered more than 65,000 pounds of aid with a fair market value of approximately $155,000.

This is a disaster of major proportions and will require long-term recovery efforts,” says CEO Tim Mettey. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of South Carolina during this time of need.

Matthew 25: Ministries will accept the following for disaster relief:

  • Monetary Donations: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
  • Non-Perishable Food: PULL TOP canned vegetables, fruits etc.; ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerky, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready- to-eat meals or MREs etc.
  • Personal Care Products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion etc.
  • Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form is preferred), mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves etc.
  • Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels etc.
  • Baby and infant supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion etc.
  • First-Aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs etc.

Donors who would like to designate their financial gifts for Flood Relief may do so by writing “Flood Relief” in the memo line of their check or by typing it in the “in honor of” field of our online giving form. Mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. 100% of donated funds designated for Flood Relief will be used for the purpose intended. 

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