CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES 2018
UPDATED TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018 11:12 PM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to the devastating wildfires raging throughout California. In total, over 14,000 firefighters are battling 17 large fires across the state, one of which is the largest fire in California’s history. The Mendocino Complex Fire is estimated to have burned 283,800 acres to date. The Ferguson Fire has burned 94,992 acres to date, and has killed two people and injured another 11 and has forced the closure of large parts of Yosemite National Park. The Carr Fire has burned 173,522 acres to date and is also ranked as one of the largest in California’s history. It has destroyed over 1,000 homes and killed 8 people.
Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Coordinator is also closely monitoring a rapidly growing wildfire near a densely populated area in Southern California.
“This has become the worst year for wildfires in California history,” says Matthew 25 CEO Tim Mettey. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by these disasters. We are blessed to be able to bring needed supplies and services to the victims and those who are helping them.”
Matthew 25: Ministries sending its first semi of aid to partners in California in response to the wildfires. The semi contains personal care and clean-up kits, paper products, baby items, detergent pods and more. Matthew 25 anticipates that this will be the first of several shipments to wildfire locations to assist with initial recovery.
Matthew 25’s Disaster Response Team deployed to California to provide relief services in response to the wildfires. In total, the team completed 320 loads of laundry and distributed more than 230 personal care kits, 1,800 rolls of paper products and additional relief supplies to those affected.
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and online donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs.
Donors who would like to designate their financial gifts for California Wildfires Relief may do so by writing “California Wildfires” in the memo line of their check or by typing it in the “in honor of” field of our online giving form. Please mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. 100% of donated funds designated for California Wildfires will be used for the purpose intended.
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