Devastating Wildfires Threaten Tens of Thousands in California

NOVEMBER 9, 2018  Cincinnati, OH – On Friday, November 9 Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization in Cincinnati, OH is sending its first semi of aid to partners in California in response to the devastating wildfires raging throughout the state. The semi contains personal care kits, paper products, water, dust masks, tarps, baby items, laundry detergent pods and more. Matthew 25 anticipates that this will be the first of several shipments to wildfire locations to assist with initial recovery.

Currently, firefighters are battling three large wildfires: the Camp Fire, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, the Hill Fire in Thousands Oaks and the Woolsey fire along the Los Angeles-Ventura County line. The Camp Fire has grown to encompass 70,000 acres with only 5% containment. Officials have confirmed five fatalities so far and reported 3 firefighters have been injured battling the fire. So far an estimated 2,000 structures have been destroyed in the Camp Wildfire, but thousands more are threatened by the growing fire. Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Relief Coordinator is also monitoring the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire. Combined, those fires have burned more than 14,000 acres and 70,000 people have been evacuated.

“The fast moving Camp Fire has been devastating for so many,” says Matthew 25 CEO Tim Mettey. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all that have been impacted.”

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 Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook –, Pinterest –, Instagram – and Twitter –

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 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 or Mary Tignor at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit

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