MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES RESPONDS TO
KILAUEA AND FUEGO VOLCANO ERUPTIONS
Matthew 25 Sends Aid in Response to Hawaii and Guatemala Disasters
JUNE 13, 2018 Cincinnati, OH – Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization in Cincinnati, OH is responding to the Kilauea Volcano Eruption in Hawaii and the Fuego Volcano Eruption in Guatemala. Matthew 25: Ministries will be shipping a container of aid to each location filled with basic necessities such as personal care kits, paper products, laundry supplies, clothing, tarps and baby supplies.
Mount Kilauea began spewing lava on May 3. The volcano is one of the most active in the world. Currently, there are 23 fissures open, with lava covering more than eight square miles. Approximately a mile of new land has formed from lava that flowed from Kilauea and reached the ocean. Kilauea has destroyed 700 homes and forced the evacuation of around 2,500 people. At Kilauea’s summit, explosions continue to shoot columns of ash into the sky, sometimes triggering earthquakes. Lava from the volcano also shoots deadly plumes containing tiny particles of volcanic glass. Lava from the Kilauea eruption has also boiled away Hawaii’s largest freshwater lake in just a matter of hours. Officials say there’s no way to know when the Kilauea Volcano will stop erupting on the Big Island. The Hawaii container should depart Matthew 25 toward the end of this week or early next week.
The Fuego volcano erupted on June 3, triggering one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent Guatemalan history. After roaring into active status early on Sunday, the volcano spewed ash miles high, which then fell to earth coating a wide area of the countryside. Later in the day, tons of ash fueled by toxic gases raced down Fuego’s sides. At least 110 people are believed to have died and as many as 200 could be buried under the rubble of Fuego’s eruption. Fuego is about 30 miles (50 km) from Guatemala City, the nation’s capital. Matthew 25 will be shipping a container of relief to Guatemala on Wednesday, June 13 at approximately 2:00 PM.
“The destructive capabilities of these volcanoes is immense,” said M25M CEO Tim Mettey. “The lives of these people will be dramatically changed for years to come as a result of these eruptions. We need to do everything we can to help them during this frightening time, and to help them begin the process of starting their lives over. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by these disasters.”
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 20,000,000 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 3,000 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 or Mary Tignor at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.Return to Press Center