MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES IS RESPONDING
TO HURRICANE IAN
In Partnership with Procter & Gamble, Matthew 25 Deploys Disaster Response Team
to Provide Relief Services and Aid to Florida
SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 Blue Ash, OH – Matthew 25: Ministries, a humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization headquartered in Blue Ash, OH is responding to Hurricane Ian. Ian made landfall in Cayo Costa, FL as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, September 28. The storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph and brought life-threatening storm surge of at least 12 feet in some areas, leaving more than 2.5 million homes and businesses without power. Floodwaters inundated areas of Florida, leaving homes and vehicles submerged under water. The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm this morning and will continue to bring extreme rainfall of up to possibly 20 inches in some areas, catastrophic storm surge and prolonged intense winds as it moves across the state and north towards Georgia and South Carolina.
In partnership with Procter & Gamble, Matthew 25: Ministries is deploying their disaster response fleet including customized panel trucks loaded with P&G Personal Care Product Kits, household cleaning supplies, baby items, bottled water, and additional items including first aid and safety supplies provided by Cintas and tarps provided by Lamar. Matthew 25 will also deploy two Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Units that can complete up to 300 loads of laundry a day, an Ice Unit that can produce up to 10,000 pounds of ice a day, the Duracell PowerForward truck equipped to carry as many as 20,000 Duracell batteries as well as on-board charging stations for mobile devices, and a Clean-Up Trailer equipped with tools and other supplies to help those cleaning up their homes and properties.
Matthew 25’s Assessment Team and Vehicle are already safely prepositioned outside the disaster area and are prepared to begin assessing impacted areas as soon as it is safe to do so. The information they provide will enhance the Response Team’s effectiveness upon arrival. The Disaster Response team will distribute products and provide laundry and mobile charging services throughout affected areas. Matthew 25 will also work with partners to assess ongoing needs.
“The devastation of this storm is heartbreaking. Everyone affected by this disaster will have a long road to recovery,” says Tim Mettey, CEO. “We are grateful to be able to help during this time, providing much needed services and supplies that will bring hope to those impacted.”
In addition to deploying their Disaster Response team, Matthew 25 is also shipping truckloads of relief aid to help meet the immediate and ongoing needs of those impacted.
Matthew 25 is requesting monetary and product 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 Hurricane Ian will be used for the purpose intended).
- Product donations: The following product donations 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.
- New and in original packaging: Power tools, fans, generators, etc.
Matthew 25 responds to disasters domestically and internationally and provides both rapid response and long-term support to areas impacted by disaster. In 2022, Matthew 25 has responded to disasters including Hurricane Fiona, flooding in Pakistan, and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and is continuing to provide long-term disaster recovery to several 2021 disasters. So far in 2022, Matthew 25: Ministries has shipped approximately 800 truckloads of aid (approximately 17 million pounds) worldwide and helped approximately 20 million people.
For the most current information on Matthew 25: Ministries’ activities, please visit their website or follow Matthew 25 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more in-depth information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts, please contact Michelle Jones email@example.com.
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, check, credit card and online donations for ongoing humanitarian aid and disaster relief programs, as well as product donation support. Matthew 25 also welcomes volunteers six days a week at their Blue Ash facility.
ABOUT MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 15,000,000 pounds of products each year and redistributes them to the poorest of the poor and disaster victims. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 20,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. Matthew 25 is ranked on Forbes’ 2021 list of the Largest U.S. Charities. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked among more than 3,700 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 Michelle Jones firstname.lastname@example.org at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256, or visit https://m25m.org.Return to Press Center