M25M IS RESPONDING TO DEADLY TORNADOES THAT
SWEPT THROUGH ALABAMA AND GEORGIA ON SUNDAY
WHO: Matthew 25: Ministries
WHAT: Disaster Relief Deployment
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5
TIME: 8:00 AM
WHERE: Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
WHY: Matthew 25: Ministries Deploys Disaster Response Departs for Alabama in Response to Devastating Tornadoes
Unexpected Tornadoes Erupted Through the South, Killing at Least 23 People
MARCH 4, 2019 Cincinnati, OH – Tornado Season is March through June and has opened with deadly force just three days into the 2019 season. Matthew 25: Ministries, a humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, is responding to deadly tornadoes that swept through Alabama and Georgia on Sunday, March 3. At least a dozen tornadoes reportedly touched down in Alabama and Georgia on Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The tornadoes produced massive damage across a large area approximately 1 mile wide and 30 miles long.
The powerful tornadoes that tore through Lee County in Alabama killed at least 23 people and left a path of destruction that looked “as if someone had taken a blade and just scraped the ground,” said the Lee County Sheriff. The NWS listed damage from the tornadoes as high as EF-4, which means the damage was severe, with winds as high as 170 miles per hour. The 23 deaths reported from Sunday’s event mark the deadliest day for tornadoes in Alabama since the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado in 2011. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended last month’s state of emergency due to tornadoes and severe weather to include Sunday’s devastating tornadoes.
Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response Team will be departing on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:00 AM for Alabama with a selection of Matthew 25’s Disaster Response vehicles. The response fleet will include customized pick-up trucks, co-branded, customized panel trucks loaded with supplies such as P&G personal care kits, household and cleaning products, Cintas first aid and safety kits and supplies, and additional items such as Pampers diapers, Charmin toilet paper, Tide Pods, fans, generators and tarps. The team will distribute aid to affected communities and meet with partners to discuss long-term distribution possibilities.
Matthew 25 will also be sending a semi of aid to partners in the affected area. The shipment will be filled with products such as personal care items, paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissues, diapers and batteries.
Matthew 25 is always seeking additional supplies for disaster preparedness and distribution. Always needed and appreciated supplies include:
- Monetary Donations: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
- 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, jerky, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready- to-eat meals or MREs etc.
- Bottled Water: 12- and 24-cases
- 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.
For the most current information on Matthew 25’s response, please visit their website www.m25m.org or follow Matthew 25 on Facebook and Twitter.
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. All designated funds are used for the purpose intended. Matthew 25 also welcomes volunteers six days a week at their Blue Ash facility.
For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer email@example.com or Mary Tignor firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (513) 793-6256. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook – facebook.com/m25m.org, Pinterest – pinterest.com/m25M, Instagram – instagram.com/m25m_org and Twitter – twitter.com/M25M_org.
ABOUT MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 15,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 20,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 has been highly ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of approximately 3,000 four star charities on Charity Navigator. Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the “Wise Giving Alliance Standards”. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Joodi Archer or Mary Tignor at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.Return to Press Center