Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to the severe winter storm that swept across the south, causing heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures across the state of Texas and other southern states. Effects from the storm led to mass power outages across the region leaving millions without power. The extreme cold also caused water pipes to burst in homes and businesses, causing many parts of the state to be under a boil advisory as well. Matthew 25 had supplies in the area as part of ongoing support, and partners were able to use those supplies to respond to immediate needs, and also began shipping truckloads of aid to the affected region earlier this week.

In partnership with P&G, Matthew 25: Ministries has deployed a team to the disaster area with a selection of their Disaster Response vehicles, including the Cintas panel truck, pickup trucks loaded with bottled water, all purpose cleaner, batteries, sanitizer, first aid and safety supplies, baby items and personal care supplies and the Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Unit.

The team will begin relief services Friday 2/26 in Dallas, Texas for those impacted by the devastating winter storm. The team will provide laundry services from 10 AM – 5 PM, or until capacity is reached, at Literacy Achieves (6329 Ridgecrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75231). The team will also distribute relief supplies throughout the surrounding communities.  Please note that masks and social distancing are required at the Tide Loads of Hope activation site.

Matthew 25: Ministries has been able to establish new COVID-19 safety protocols and processes that help keep both our team and beneficiaries at distribution and the Tide Loads of Hope activation site protected while still allowing us to provide supplies and free laundry services to households whose lives have been impacted by major disasters. Safety precautions for the deployment include social distancing on-site, increased use of PPE, increased sanitation practices, signage instructions and non-contact registration. In addition, the team will adhere to all local health agency COVID-19 guidelines.

Matthew 25 is requesting donations of the following types of items to supplement existing supplies and for distributions and restocking during their Texas winter storm response:

  • Monetary Donations: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (100% of donated funds designated for the Texas winter storm will be used for the purpose intended)
  • Cases of bottled water (12- and 24- count)
  • 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.
  • Clean-up Supplies: Protective eyewear, work gloves, masks, shovels, screwdrivers, saws, trash bags etc.
  • Candles and Flashlights: If necessary, please include the appropriate size batteries with any flashlight donation.
Donors who would like to designate their financial gifts for Winter Storm Relief may do so by writing “Winter Storm 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 Winter Storm Relief will be used for the purpose intended.
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