HURRICANE HARVEY 2017


UPDATED MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017 09:42 AM EST

Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to Hurricane Harvey. Our Disaster Response Team departed on Tuesday, August 29 with our full fleet of specialized vehicles. The trucks were loaded with supplies, including personal care kits, cleaning products, first aid and safety kits, diapers, paper products, and tarps. Our first truckload of aid was shipped on Thursday, August 31, with a total of 27 truckloads of aid shipped so far. This is a long-term relief effort and we will be shipping aid for a while to come.

We have also welcomed thousands of volunteers at our facility in Blue Ash, and processed over a million pounds of products since starting our hurricane response at the end of August.

Hurricane Harvey is one of the worst flooding events in US history, with up to 50 inches of rain in some areas. There have been thousands of water rescues, and approximately 7 million people affected by flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced.


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UPDATES

UPDATE 9/16: Today in Port Arthur, TX our Disaster Response Team completed 73 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 150 detergent pods, 100 personal care kits, 200 rolls of paper towels, 600 rolls toilet paper, and 75 first aid and safety kits.

Tomorrow morning, the team will  collect laundry at H-E-B grocery (4800 B Hwy 365, Port Arthur, TX 77642) from 9 AM-5 PM, or until they reach 100 loads.  They will also continue distribution within the affected areas.

UPDATE 9/17:  Today in Port Arthur, TX our Disaster Response Team completed 100 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 250 detergent pods, 80 personal care kits, 200 rolls of paper towels, 500 rolls of toilet paper, 50 first aid and safety kits, as well as assorted cleaning supplies.

Tomorrow morning, the team will  collect laundry at H-E-B grocery (4800 B Hwy 365, Port Arthur, TX 77642) from 9 AM-5 PM, or until they reach 100 loads.  They will also continue distribution within the affected areas.

UPDATE 9/18:  Today in Port Arthur, TX our Disaster Response Team completed 100 loads of laundry, and distributed approximately 100 detergent pod samples, 80 personal care kits, 160 rolls of paper towels, 600 rolls of toilet paper, 10 packs of diapers, and 60 first aid and safety kits.

Tomorrow morning, the team will return all completed laundry before relocating to Florida to begin disaster relief services in areas affected by Hurricane Irma.

UPDATE 9/21/17:  Our Disaster Response Team arrived in Bonita Springs, FL. While establishing a central distribution location the team discovered several neighborhoods that still have roads impassible due to flood waters. The team will begin full disaster relief services tomorrow. Please check our Hurricane Irma page for continued updates on our Disaster Response Team.



DISASTER RELIEF DONATIONS

We will accept the following for disaster relief:

  • Monetary Donations*: Donate online or 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.
  • Candles and flashlights: If necessary, please include the appropriate size batteries with any flashlight donation.
  • Clean-up supplies: Protective eyewear, work gloves, masks, shovels, screwdrivers, saws, etc.
  • New and gently-used clothing: new underwear and socks in original packaging
  • New and gently-used shoes

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

Please check to see if your company matches donations – you could double the impact of your gift!


REMOTE DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

The locations below have been verified by Matthew 25: Ministries as a designated collection site for Hurricane Harvey donations. If you have any questions regarding the locations or times posted below, please reach out to the contact person provided for that location.

LOCATION:

Eagleville Bible Church
1981 Rt 45
Rock Creek, OH 44084

DROP OFF TIMES:

September 16 – October 14 
Monday 4 PM—7PM
Saturday 9 AM—12PM

CONTACT:

David Hendershott | 440-437-8888
beckymcgill@windstream.net

 

LOCATION:

Rolling Hills Baptist Church
5742 Pleasant Avenue
Fairfield, OH 45014

DROP OFF TIMES:

September 2 – October 28
Wednesday 5 PM—8 PM
Saturdays 9 AM—12 PM

CONTACT:

513-829-3725  |  rhbc@fuse.net

 

LOCATION:

Springfield Twp Fire Dept
Fire Station 79
9150 Winton Road
Cincinnati, OH  45241

DROP OFF TIMES:

September 5 – October 7
Monday – Sunday 8 AM—8 PM

CONTACT:

Robert Leininger |  513-522-1410
rleininger@springfieldtwp.org


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