M25M RESPONDS TO KOKOMO, IN TORNADOES
WHO: Matthew 25: Ministries
WHAT: Disaster Relief
WHEN: Friday, August 26
TIME: 8:30 AM
WHERE: Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45242
WHY: Responding to Kokomo Tornadoes
Tornadoes Wreak Severe Damage In & Around Kokomo
AUGUST 25, 2016 Cincinnati, OH – Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, is responding to the tornadoes that swept through Kokomo, IN on Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service reported that an EF3 tornado with winds of up to 136 miles per hour struck Kokomo, a town about 40 miles north of Indianapolis. Throughout the day, eight tornadoes touched down across the region. The tornadoes damaged dozens of homes, flattened and ripped roofs off buildings and piled cars on top of one another, injuring as many as 20 people. Power was knocked out across the region, with more than 36,000 households affected. As many as 700 to 800 people may have been forced to leave their homes.
Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response team is leaving on Friday, August 26 at 8:30 AM with a selection of Matthew 25’s vehicles. The team will travel throughout the Kokomo area, delivering products to hard hit neighborhoods. The vehicles will be loaded with supplies including tarps, personal care and cleaning kits, safety supplies and paper products.
“This was a very concentrated path of destruction that left behind significant devastation,” says Matthew 25 CEO Tim Mettey. “Our team will bring the supplies that people need to protect their belongings and support their basic needs during the first phase of recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kokomo during this time.”
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. All designated funds are used for the purpose intended. Matthew 25 also welcomes volunteers six days a week at their Blue Ash facility. For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook – facebook.com/m25m.org, Pinterest – pinterest.com/m25M, Instagram – instagram.com/m25m_org and Twitter – twitter.com/M25M_org.
ABOUT MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 15,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 16,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 is highly ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of more than 2,500 four star charities on Charity Navigator. Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the “Wise Giving Alliance Standards”. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Joodi Archer at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.Return to Press Center