AUGUST 18, 2016  Cincinnati, OH – Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located in Cincinnati, OH, is responding to historic flooding that has deluged Louisiana.  Most of Louisiana has received at least twelve inches of rain since Friday, with some locations getting as much as 30 inches, according to the National Weather Service. While the weather is improving, flooding will continue to be a problem for days to come, with water receding in some areas, but still rising in others.

Over 40,000 homes have been affected by the flooding.  Approximately 8,000 people remain in shelters and more than 30,000 people have been rescued from flood waters across south Louisiana. At least 13 people have 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 are loaded with over 8,000 pounds of relief supplies including P&G 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 will also be distributing Cintas first aid and safety kits and supplies, and additional items such as Pampers diapers, Charmin toilet paper, Tide Pods and blankets.  A semi of bottled water is also headed toward the disaster region.  Matthew 25’s disaster response fleet also includes an ice machine that can produce up to 10,000 pounds of ice a day. The team will travel throughout the region, establishing central distribution sites and also delivering products to hard hit areas.

The current disaster represents historic flooding in this area,” says 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.

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 has been highly ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of approximately 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.

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