LOUISIANA FLOODING 2016

UPDATED MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016 9:19 AM EST

Matthew 25: Ministries responded to historic flooding that deluged Louisiana.  Parts of Louisiana were submerged by up to 25 inches of rain.

Over 40,000 homes were affected by the flooding.  Approximately 8,000 people were in shelters and more than 30,000 people were rescued from flood waters across south Louisiana. At least 13 people died as a result of the flooding.

Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response Team departed on Wednesday, August 17 with Matthew 25’s full complement of specialized Disaster Relief Vehicles. Joined by the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit, the trucks were loaded with over 8,000 pounds of relief supplies including P&G Comforts of Home personal care kits containing items such as Secret deodorant, Crest toothpaste and Pantene shampoo as well as household cleaning products like Bounty, Mr. Clean and Swiffer.  The trucks also distributed Cintas first aid and safety kits and supplies, and additional items such as Pampers diapers, Charmin toilet paper and Tide Pods.  The team traveled throughout the region, establishing central distribution sites and also delivering products to hard hit areas.

The current disaster represents historic flooding in this area,” said Matthew 25 CEO Tim Mettey. “Our team has traveled to Louisiana a number of times since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We have relationships in this area that we are committed to.  We feel it is important for us to return to the area and to assist with recovery in every way we can.

Matthew 25: Ministries has been responding to domestic disasters since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Since then, Matthew 25 Disaster Response Teams have continued responding to domestic disasters including hurricanes, storms, tornadoes and floods as well as droughts, wildfires, chemical spills and water contamination with millions of pounds of desperately needed aid.

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. Please 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.



UPDATES

UPDATE 8/18: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team will set up the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit on Friday, 8/19 Bethany Church South (10877 Reiger Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809). The team will provide laundry services from 10 AM—6 PM at this location.

UPDATE 8/19: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response team completed 50 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 200 personal care and cleaning kits, 1,300 rolls of paper products, 150 bags of ice, and 60 first aid and safety kits.

Tomorrow, the team will collect laundry at Bethany Church South from 10 AM – 6 PM and then travel into affected neighborhoods to distribute aid.

UPDATE 8/20: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team completed 100 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 60 detergent pods, 75 personal care kits, 80 cleaning kits, 700 rolls of paper products, 10 cases of diapers, 250 bags of ice, 25 pairs of work gloves, and 20 first aid and safety kits.

Tomorrow, the team will collect laundry 10 AM-6 PM at Bethany Church South, or until 100 loads have been reached, and will also distribute supplies.

UPDATE 8/21: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team completed 100 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 50 detergent pods, 250 personal care kits, 225 cleaning kits, 2,000 rolls of paper products, 25 cases of diapers, 300 packs of baby wipes, 60 first aid and safety kits, 25 disaster blankets, 50 pairs of safety gloves, and 200 bags of ice.

Tomorrow morning, the team will return completed laundry before relocating to a new location. Please continue to check back for updates on locations and times.

UPDATE 8/22: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team will return laundry in the morning and will then head to a new location in Denham Springs: 201 Bass Pro Blvd, Denham Springs, LA 70726. The team collected laundry at this location from 1 PM – 6 PM, and dropped off supplies to a distribution center in Lafayette. In total, the team completed 42 loads of laundry, distributed 25 derergent pods, and dropped off approximately 60 personal care kits, 50 cleaning kits, 600 rolls of paper products, 180 packs of baby wipes, 1,000 safety masks, and 100 pairs of work gloves.

Tomorrow, the team will collect laundry from 9 AM – 5 PM in Denham Springs, as well as distribute relief supplies.

UPDATE 8/23: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team completed 100 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 200 detergent pods, 175 personal care kits, 180 cleaning kits, 50 first aid and safety kits, 1,300 rolls of paper products, 30 cases of pampers, 200 packs of wipes, 200 pairs of safety gloves, and 150 safety masks.

Tomorrow, the team will collect laundry from 9 AM – 5 PM or until they reach 100 loads. The team will also distribute relief supplies from 201 Bass Pro Blvd, Denham Springs, LA before traveling to surrounding neighborhoods in the afternoon.

UPDATE 8/24: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team completed 105 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 200 detergent pods, 150 personal care kits, 175 cleaning kits, 1,300 rolls of paper products, 40 cases of diapers, 150 packs of baby wipes, 40 first aid and safety kits, 50 pairs of safety gloves, and 100 masks.

The team will distribute supplies throughout Denham Springs in the morning. In the afternoon, they will distribute supplies at Home Depot (10300 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge) from 1 PM – 5 PM, or while supplies last.

UPDATE 8/25: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team distributed supplies throughout Denham Springs and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In total, they distributed approximately 300 personal care kits, 200 cleaning kits, 1,300 rolls of paper products, 20 cases of pampers, 180 packs of baby wipes, 250 detergent pods, and 25 first aid and safety kits.

Tomorrow morning the team will return completed laundry before beginning their trip home to Cincinnati in the afternoon.

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