Matthew 25: Ministries Responds to Severe Flooding in Southern States
WHO: Matthew 25: Ministries
WHAT: Disaster Relief
WHEN: Wednesday, March 16
TIME: 9:00 AM
WHERE: Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
WHY: Responding to massive flooding in the South and Gulf Coast region
Massive Flooding Devastates Huge Area of South and Gulf Regions
MARCH 15, 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 massive flooding that has submerged huge regions of the South. More than 17 million people are facing threats from the historic storms that pounded multiple southern states. Six people have been confirmed dead this week as a result of the storms.
Rivers continue to rise to record levels in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, flooding thousands of homes. The flooding is considered the worst since 2012, when Hurricane Isaac deluged much of this same area. Flood warnings are in effect across the region as many rivers continue running dangerously high. This severe flooding is the result of a slow-moving storm that dropped as much as two feet of rain on the region in the past week. Huge amounts of rain water are still flowing through swollen streams and rivers.
Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response team is leaving at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 16 with Matthew 25’s complement of specialized Disaster Relief vehicles. Joining the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit, the trucks are loaded with relief supplies including P&G Comforts of Home 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 supplies, and additional items such as Pampers diapers, Charmin toilet paper and tarps. The team will travel throughout the region, establishing central distribution sites and also delivering products to hard hit areas.
“This is a wide-spread disaster of historic proportions,” says CEO Tim Mettey. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the affected areas during this time of need.”
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 http://pinterest.com/m25m/, Instagram http://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 after 8:30AM on Tuesday at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.Return to Press Center