Matthew 25: Ministries responded to devastating tornadoes that struck Jefferson City, MO and the surrounding area in late May. At least 20 injuries and 3 deaths have been reported as a result of the storms. The damage spanned approximately three square miles in and around Jefferson City. The storms on Wednesday struck on the eighth anniversary of a deadly tornado that killed 161 people in Joplin, MO in 2011.

Our Disaster Response Team deployed Friday, May 24 to provide relief supplies to Jefferson City and the surrounding areas. We also evaluated additional areas of need and met with partners in the area to discuss future shipments of aid. In total, the team distributed approximately 300 personal care kits, 800 rolls of paper towels, 1,400 rolls of toilet paper as well as diapers, dish soap, safety kits, batteries, bug repellent, and more supplies to help with recovery.

Matthew 25 urgently needs donations of the following types to supplement existing supplies and for the Team’s distributions and restocking during the deployment:

  • Monetary Donations: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 100% of donated funds designated for Tornado Relief will be used for the purpose intended.
  • 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, jerkies, 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.
  • New and gently used clothing; new underwear and socks in original packaging
  • Candles and flashlights: If necessary, please include the appropriate size batteries with any flashlight donation
  • Clean-up supplies: Protective eyewear, work gloves, masks, shovels, screwdrivers, saws, trash bags etc.

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 Tornado Relief may do so by writing “Missouri Tornadoes” 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 Missouri Tornadoes will be used for the purpose intended.
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