SOUTHERN FLOODING 2016

 UPDATED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016 9:35 AM EST

Matthew 25: Ministries responded to massive flooding that submerged huge regions of the South.  More than 17 million people faced threats from the historic storms that pounded multiple southern states. Six people were confirmed dead this week as a result of the storms.

Rivers continued to rise to record levels in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, flooding thousands of homes.  The flooding was considered the worst since 2012, when Hurricane Isaac deluged much of this same area.  Flood warnings were in effect across the region as many rivers ran dangerously high.  This severe flooding was the result of a slow-moving storm that dropped as much as two feet of rain on the region in a week.

Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response team departed at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 16  with Matthew 25’s complement of specialized Disaster Relief vehicles.  Joining the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit, the trucks were loaded with 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 supplies, and additional items such as Pampers diapers, Charmin toilet paper and tarps.  The team traveled throughout the region, establishing central distribution sites and also delivered products to hard hit areas.

This is a wide-spread disaster of historic proportions,” said CEO Tim Mettey. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the affected areas 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. 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 3/17: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response team will set up the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit on Friday, 3/18 at South Bossier Baptist Church (1155 Sligo Rd, Bossier City, LA 71112). The team will collect laundry from 9 AM – 5 PM Central Time, and travel into affected neighborhoods to distribute relief supplies.

UPDATE 3/18: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response team completed laundry at South Bossier Baptist Church and also traveled into hard-hit neighborhoods to distribute aid. The team delivered  approximately 20 personal care kits, 10 cleaning kits , 80 rolls of paper products, 5 first aid and safety kits. Tomorrow, the team will complete laundry services with Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit—powered by Matthew 25—again at 1155 Sligo Rd. The team will collect laundry from 9 AM – 5 PM CT, and travel into affected neighborhoods to distribute relief supplies in the afternoon.

UPDATE 3/19: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response team completed several loads laundry and visited affected communities in the area to distribute relief products. The team delivered approximately 45 personal care kits, 30 cleaning kits, 20 first aid and safety kits, 280 rolls of paper products, and 3 cases of diapers. Tomorrow, the team will complete laundry services again at 1155 Sligo Rd in Bossier. The team will collect laundry from 9 AM – 5 PM CT, and also travel into additional neighborhoods to distribute relief supplies to those affected by the severe flooding.

UPDATE 3/20: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response team completed laundry and visited additional neighborhoods in Bossier. The team distributed approximately 65 personal care kits, 50 cleaning kits, 230 rolls of paper products, and 10 first aid and safety kits. Tomorrow, the team will complete laundry services at 1155 Sligo Rd. The team will collect laundry tomorrow with the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit—powered by Matthew 25—from 9 AM – 5 PM CT, and continue to distribute relief supplies to those in affected communities.

UPDATE 3/21:  Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team visited affected communities in the Bossier area to distribute laundry supplies, personal care kits, cleaning kits, paper products, diapers, wipes, safety masks, and first aid and safety kits. The team also completed laundry services at South Bossier Baptist Church. Laundry collection will take place tomorrow, March 22 from 9 AM—5 PM CT at 1155 Sligo Rd. The team will also travel to additional neighborhoods to deliver relief products.

UPDATE 3/22:  Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team completed the final day of laundry services with the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit—powered by Matthew 25: Ministries—at South Bossier Baptist Church. The team also visited surrounding communities affected by the severe flooding for it’s final distribution of laundry supplies, personal care kits, cleaning kits, paper products, diapers, and first aid and safety kits. The team will begin traveling back to Cincinnati on Wednesday March 23, 2016.

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