MAY MIDWEST AND SOUTH TORNADOES 2024

UPDATED TUESDAY JUNE 11, 2024 3:19 PM EST

Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to severe storms and tornadoes that have swept across parts of the Midwest, South, and Great Plains in the past week. Millions of people across many states, including Iowa, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee, were under threat of severe weather and experienced disastrous impacts from the tornadoes, high winds, and flooding. These regions suffered extensive damage, consisting of demolished homes and businesses, fallen trees, crushed vehicles, disrupted power lines, and significant debris accumulation. Tragically, fatalities exceeding 20 have been reported across the affected regions.

In collaboration with Procter & Gamble and Walmart, Matthew 25: Ministries deployed their Disaster Response Team along with the Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Laundry Unit, a shower trailer and a selection of Matthew 25’s disaster response fleet. The team provided laundry and shower services, and distributed essential supplies including P&G personal care kits, Pampers diapers, batteries, paper products, Zevo insect repellant and additional supplies including garbage bags, cleaning supplies, water, tools, tarps and first aid and safety supplies provided by Cintas to impacted communities. Additionally, Matthew 25 deployed the Duracell PowerForward truck, equipped to carry as many as 20,000 Duracell batteries. We are continuing to communicate with partners in the areas to evaluate how we can best serve the ongoing needs of the disaster region.


DISASTER RELIEF RESOURCES

If you or someone you know has been impacted by these storms, check our online Disaster Relief Resource Map for resources in your area.


RECENT UPDATES FROM THE TEAM

6.4.24 Rogers, AR | The team completed 28 loads of laundry and provided 14 showers.

6.3.24 Rogers, AR | The team completed 30 loads of laundry and provided 5 showers today.

6.2.24 Rogers, AR | The team completed 95 loads of laundry and provided 5 showers. They continued to distribute supplies consisting of 105 detergent pod samples, 3,225 rolls of paper products, 250 personal care kits, 250 first aid and safety kits, 60 cases of diapers, 700 portable chargers, and 2,020 batteries.


WAYS TO HELP

Matthew 25 is requesting donations of the following types of items to supplement existing supplies, for restocking during their response and for future disasters:

Monetary donations:

  • Donate online or mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242 (100% of donated funds designated for the 2024 May Midwest and South Tornadoes will be used for the purpose intended).

Product donations – The following items will be accepted at our facility located at 11083 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242:

  • Cases of bottled water: 12 and 24 count
  • Personal care products: Antibacterial soap, 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.
  • Candles and flashlights: If necessary, please include the appropriate size batteries with any flashlight donation
  • Clean-up supplies: Protective eyewear, work gloves, trash bags etc.

Donors who would like to designate their financial gifts for the 2024 May Midwest and South Tornadoes may do so by writing “2024 May Midwest and South Tornadoes” in the memo line of their check or by typing it in the “Additional Information” field of the online giving form. Please mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242. 100% of donated funds designated for the 2024 May Midwest and South Tornadoes will be used for the purpose intended.
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