1,000-YEAR FLOOD IN WEST VIRGINIA
UPDATED TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016 8:37 AM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to severe flooding that has affected multiple counties in central and southern West Virginia.
Heavy storms swept across West Virginia early on Thursday, June 23 and continued all day, leaving flooded roads impassable and tens of thousands of people without power. A state of emergency was issued for 44 counties, with Greenbrier, Nicholas, Fayette, Kanawha and Webster the hardest hit. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 1 in 1,000 chance of this type of rainfall happening in any given year. At least 25 deaths were reported as a result of flooding.
Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response team left for West Virginia on Monday, June 27 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 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 Dawn. The trucks also distributed Cintas first aid and safety supplies, and additional items such as Pampers diapers and Charmin toilet paper. Matthew 25’s disaster response fleet also includes an ice machine that can produce up to 10,000 pounds of ice a day. In addition to our Disaster Response fleet, we shipped two truckloads of bottled water—more than 90,000 bottles—to the affected area.
“West Virginia is close to home and close to our hearts,” said Matthew 25’s CEO Tim Mettey. “We work actively in West Virginia throughout the year and this response is an extension of our ongoing work. 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.
UPDATE 6/28: Matthew 25’s Disaster Response team will set up the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit on Tuesday, 6/28 at Elkview Middle School (5090 Elk River Rd N, Elkview, WV 25071). The team will collect laundry from 9 AM – 5 PM, and travel into affected neighborhoods to distribute relief supplies.
UPDATE 6/29: Yesterday our Disaster Response Team distributed relief supplies to those affected by the severe flooding. In total, the team handed out approximately 200 personal care kits, 100 cleaning kits, 60 first aid & safety kits, 120 detergent pods, 800 rolls of toilet paper, 400 rolls of paper towels, 40 packs of diapers, 180 packs of baby wipes, and 200 bags of ice. The Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit—powered by Matthew 25: Ministries—received and completed 80 loads of laundry. Our team is at Elkview Middle School and will collect laundry today, 6/29, from 9 AM—5 PM or until 100 loads is reached. The team will also distribute relief supplies at the school until 12 PM and travel to neighborhoods in the area in the afternoon.
UPDATE 6/30: Our Disaster Response Team distributed aid at Elkview Middle School and traveled into affected areas to deliver supplies in the afternoon. In total, the team collected 100 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 150 personal care kits, 100 cleaning kits, 25 safety kits, 1,000 rolls of paper products, 175 detergent pods, 10 cases of diapers, 180 packs of wipes and 300 bags of ice. Today, 6/30, the team will again be stationed at Elkview Middle School to collect laundry from 9 AM – 5 PM and will also distribute aid there until 12 PM.
UPDATE 7/1: Yesterday, our Disaster Response Team completed 80 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 50 personal care kits, 50 cleaning kits, 300 rolls of toilet paper, 150 rolls of paper towels, 10 first aid and safety kits, 100 detergent pods, 20 cases of diapers, 100 packs of wipes, and 350 bags of ice. On Friday, 7/1 the team will be returning all completed laundry items from 9 AM – 1 PM at Elkview Middle School before relocating to a new distribution point in White Sulphur Springs
UPDATE 7/2: Today, our Disaster Response Team was located at Battleground Crossing Shopping Center (1 Alvon Road, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986). In total, the team completed 72 loads of laundry and distributed supplies, including approximately 50 detergent pods, 150 personal care kits, 75 cleaning kits, 950 rolls of paper products, 50 first aid and safety kits, 200 bags of ice, 20 cases of diapers, and 300 packs of wipes. Tomorrow, Sunday 7/3, the team will collect laundry at Battleground Crossing Shopping Center from 9 AM – 12 PM.
UPDATE 7/3: Today, our Disaster Response Team completed 68 loads of laundry and distributed approximately 150 detergent pods, 150 personal care kits, 20 first aid and safety kits, 80 cleaning kits, 500 rolls of toilet paper, 650 rolls of paper towels, 15 cases of diapers, 100 packs of wipes, and 250 bags of ice. Due to the potential for severe weather in the coming days, the team will depart for Cincinnati on Monday morning.
UPDATE 7/5: On Sunday 7/3, our Disaster Response Team completed their final day of laundry services with the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit—powered by Matthew 25—in White Sulphur Springs, WV. In total, the team helped hundreds of disaster victims by washing over 400 of loads of laundry and distributing hundreds of personal care kits, cleaning kits , paper products, first aid and safety kits, wipes, masks and detergent pods. The team returned to Cincinnati Monday evening, July 4. Thank you for your support of our flood relief efforts in West Virginia!Return to Disaster Relief