MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES PREPARING FOR
DEPLOYMENT TO CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
Death Toll Rising In Devastating Wildfires, Thousands of Homes Destroyed
NOVEMBER 15, 2018 Cincinnati, OH – On November 16 at 8:00 AM, Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization in Cincinnati, OH is deploying its two Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Laundry Units to California in response to the devastating wildfires raging throughout the state. Members of Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Relief Team will drive the units and their operating generators to the west coast in order to pre-position them near the disaster area so they can quickly and easily respond to the wildfires once the situation is more stable, once they can ensure the team’s safety and once they are assured that the team will be able to gain access to the areas of need. The Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Units have the capability to wash 300 loads of laundry a day.
Matthew 25 has begun sending semis of aid to partners in California. The first semi deployed Friday, November 9 with two more scheduled to deploy on November 16. The shipments are filled with personal care kits, paper products, water, dust masks, tarps, baby items, laundry detergent pods and more. Matthew 25 anticipates sending many more truckloads in the weeks and months ahead.
Currently, firefighters are battling three wildfires, among them the Camp Fire which has become the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in California state history. Officials have confirmed that 56 people have been killed in that fire, but more than 100 more are still unaccounted fire. The Camp Fire has also destroyed more than 8,500 homes. Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Relief Coordinator is also monitoring the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire. Combined, those fires have burned more than 100,000 acres and more than 500 homes have been destroyed.
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and online donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief 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 or Mary Tignor at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org/disaster/califires18. 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 16,000,000 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 is highly ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of more than 2,500 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 at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.Return to Press Center