Updates Regarding COVID-19

 

UPDATED TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2020 2:52 PM EST

Matthew 25: Ministries is continuing to monitor officials’ reports regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The health of our staff, volunteers, donors, and the people we help is our top priority. We are so thankful for everyone who supports our work!

 

WE ARE DISTRIBUTING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to COVID-19. To date, we have distributed more than 2.25 million pounds of emergency supplies to approximately 1,000 organizations—including hospitals, fire departments, police departments, nursing homes, schools, healthcare facilities, and more. These items make a tremendous impact and will help support our partners’ tireless efforts as they care for high-risk populations including the sick, the elderly, the impoverished, and others in need.

Supplies provided include approximately 190,000 face masks, 500,000 gloves, 108,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 21,500 packages of disinfecting wipes, 205,000 rolls of paper products, 280,000 packages of soap, 6,800,000 batteries, 571,500 diapers, plus additional personal protective equipment, personal care products, and cleaning items.

Hospitals, health care facilities, first responders, businesses, or other organizations who are in need of supplies such as personal protective equipment, medical supplies, cleaning products, personal care products, batteries, or other essential items may email info@m25m.org to submit a request for product, and we will connect with you soon.

 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSE EFFORTS

Matthew 25: Ministries has made over 6,100 face shields to provide medical professionals with extra protection. The shields are constructed with laminated sheets, donated New Balance foam and shoelaces, and donated double-sided tape from the Gorilla Glue Company. These face shields help those on the front lines to stay safe as they are caring for those in need.

In addition to our ongoing relief efforts in Greater Cincinnati and throughout the US, we are working with partners in Haiti and Nicaragua to manufacture thousands of reusable face masks for in-country healthcare facilities, service organizations, and others in need. These masks are essential for helping to keep people safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in these countries.

Matthew 25: Ministries also implemented a mobile feeding program that serves lunch to staff at local hospitals, including extra sandwiches for their night shift staff. The mobile Arby’s and Brandicorp trailer serves complimentary Arby’s sandwiches to hospital and healthcare workers, as a way of caring for those on the frontlines of this crisis. Foodservice providers maintain social distancing and minimize personal contact while providing lunches.

Additionally, Matthew 25 hosted Community Giveaway events to provide free COVID-19 supplies and lunches to members of the Greater Cincinnati community in an effort to help promote personal and public safety during the coronavirus pandemic. In total, Matthew 25 provided approximately 5,500 PPE kits and 3,500 meals to the local community.

 

CHANGE IN VOLUNTEER HOURS

Starting June 8, Matthew 25: Ministries will begin Phase 1 of re-opening to volunteers. We are continuing to follow all recommendations from Gov. DeWine, The Ohio Health Department, and other governing officials regarding operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are implementing many additional safeguards to go above and beyond in protecting the health and safety of our staff and volunteers. We’ve made updates to our facility and our volunteer process to ensure we provide a safe environment for everyone at our building. Please visit our volunteer page for details.

 

DONATION INFORMATION

Please consider supporting these relief efforts and our ongoing work with the poorest of the poor and disaster victims by donating online today. Your contribution is desperately needed, and a gift of any amount is helpful.

Donors who would like to designate their financial gifts for COVID-19 Relief may do so by writing “COVID-19 Relief” in the memo line of their check or by typing it in the “Special Purpose” 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 COVID-19 Relief will be used for the purpose intended.

 

ONGOING UPDATES

During times of disaster and/or humanitarian crisis, Matthew 25: Ministries is always planning and preparing to be able to respond in the most effective manner. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, the Ohio Health Department, and other officials as more information becomes available.

For updates regarding Matthew 25: Ministries, please continue to check our website www.m25m.org and follow us on social media. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website www.cdc.gov. 

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