TORNADO RELIEF 2013


MATTHEW 25 RESPONDs TO TORNADOES IN ILLINOIS

UPDATED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013 11:01 AM EST

Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to the devastation left behind by recent tornadoes in Illinois. The disaster response team departed Monday, November 18, with two of Matthew 25’s disaster response trucks and their disaster response delivery vehicles co-branded with P&G and Cintas, which provided Cintas and P&G products for disaster victims, along with other basic supplies like water, tarps, and baby products.

So far, Matthew 25 has shipped 2 containers of disaster relief supplies including items like cleaning products, food, household items, medical supplies, and personal care kits.

VIEW PHOTOS of our Disaster Relief work.

INITIAL REPORTS OF DAMAGE

On Sunday, November 17, a series of tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois, with the towns of Washington and Pekin in Tazewell County near Peoria experiencing the worst damage. Entire blocks were destroyed and at least six people have died as a result of the tornadoes.

Matthew 25 is accepting the following donations 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, jerkies, 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 Illinois Tornado Relief may do so by writing "Illinois Tornado 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 Illinois Tornado Relief will be used for the purpose intended. 

Matthew 25: Ministries will continue to post more information as it becomes available. Please continue to check this webpage and follow Matthew 25 on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information regarding our response and how you can help.


MATTHEW 25 RESPONDED TO TORNADOES IN MOORE, OKLAHOMA

UPDATED TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013 3:16 PM EST

Matthew 25: Ministries has shipped relief supplies—including cleaning products, non-perishable food, medical supplies, and personal care productsto victims of the tornadoes of Oklahoma. We will continue to send aid as our partners in the affected areas request it. 

Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response team left on Tuesday, May 21 with the first shipment of disaster relief supplies. A semi tractor-trailer filled with additional supplies departed for Moore later that same day. Matthew 25 is working with disaster relief partner Procter & Gamble to send relief products, including P&G personal care and household brands to those in the affected communities. These initial shipments included basic relief supplies such as personal care kits, blankets, tarps, beverages, paper products, diapers, wipes and more than 90,000 of Matthew 25: Ministries’ rice/soy meals. 

A second semi of aid departed on Thursday, May 23, and included donations from generous Cincinnati donors such as paper products, personal care items, baby products, cleaning supplies, food and water. The shipment also included baby blankets and personal care kits. 

“Matthew 25: Ministries and our local partners will work tirelessly to help the families and people of Moore to recover from this disaster,” says M25M’s Disaster Relief Coordinator and CEO Tim Mettey. “We are here to support them and will continue to be there for them as long as we are needed.”

VIEW PHOTOS of our Disaster Relief work.

VIEW VIDEO of a woman who survived the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. 
(Raw footage captured by M25M's Disaster Relief team)
 

INITIAL REPORTS OF DAMAGE

As many as 28 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa on Sunday, May 19, with Oklahoma and Kansas hardest hit. At least two persons died and dozens were injured. An estimated 300 homes were damaged or destroyed across Oklahoma. On Monday, May 20, a massive tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma and adjacent areas. At least 24 people died, more than 200 people were injured, and entire neighborhoods were leveled. The tornado was approximately 1 mile wide and its path was 17 miles long.

Matthew 25 Responds as Multiple Tornadoes Wreak Havoc in North Texas

UPDATED WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013 6:27 PM EST

Matthew 25: Ministries has shipped disaster relief supplies to Hood County, TX, following the devastation caused by recent tornadoes. Deadly tornadoes ripped through northern Texas on Wednesday, May 15, killing at least six people and injuring more than 100 others, officials said. There appear to have been multiple tornadoes that touched down multiple times in Hood, Tarrant, Dallas and Parker counties.

Matthew 25: Ministries is working with disaster relief partner P&G to send disaster relief products, including P&G personal care and paper products, to those in the affected communities. The initial shipment included basic relief supplies such as blankets, personal care kits and products, cleaning supplies and baby products.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those recovering from this disaster,” said CEO and Disaster Relief Coordinator Tim Mettey. “We will work with our partners to do everything we can to help the residents of Hood County recover from this devastating event.”

DISASTER RELIEF VOLUNTEERS

People interested in volunteering to help with relief efforts may volunteer at our 132,000 square foot facility on Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, Ohio. Our volunteers help sort and process products in preparation for shipment to those in need. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 3 PM.

m25m disaster relief in the news

5/24/13 - Oklahoma College Turns into Tornado Distribution Center

5/20/13 - WCPO: Matthew 25: Ministries to Aid Oklahoma Tornado Victims 

5/20/13 - WLWT: Matthew 25: Ministries Readies Relief Shipments for Oklahoma City