M25M SHIPS CONTAINER OF AID TO CUBA
Nearly 200,000 Servings of Matthew 25’s Rice/Soy Blend Included in Shipment
JULY 12, 2016 Cincinnati, OH –Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization in Cincinnati, OH shipped the first of several containers to Cuba on Tuesday, July 12.
After Fidel Castro successfully implemented a rebellion in Cuba in 1959 that solidified a communist regime, relations with the US became strained and the US placed an embargo on Cuba in 1961. The US and Cuba reopened embassies in their respective countries on July 20, 2015. Although in recent years the government has been implementing limited economic reforms, Cuba is considered a developing country.
In 2000, Matthew 25 had the unique opportunity to provide supplies to Cuba through a partner in Canada. The shipment of primarily medical supplies went to a hospital in Havana. Matthew 25 is working with the same Cuban beneficiary that received the original shipment 16 years ago to ship the current container of aid. This first container shipped since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations held 36 pallets of aid weighing 34,000 pounds. The pallets included a mix of children’s and adult’s clothing and 20 pallets (179,000 servings) of Matthew 25’s rice/soy blend.
“We are very excited to re-establish our relationship with this great organization,” says Tim Mettey, CEO of Matthew 25: Ministries. “My father, Reverend Wendell Mettey, felt a deep sympathy with the struggles of the Cuban people and we are looking forward to developing an ongoing relationship with our Cuban partners.”
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 Patty Dilg at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.Return to Press Center