Matthew 25: Ministries Sends First Truckload of Supplies to Tornado-Ravaged Alabama
Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization in Cincinnati, Ohio will begin trucking disaster relief to tornado-ravaged Alabama on Sunday, May 1. Based on real-time reports coming in from partners on the ground in the devastated area, Matthew 25 will initially be sending food, water, personal care supplies and baby products.
Tim Mettey, Matthew 25’s Vice President and Disaster Relief Coordinator will personally deliver the first load of relief, meet with the distribution centers and assess the scope of the damage and how Matthew 25 can most effectively help. Additional truckloads of supplies will follow based on that needs assessment.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK said it received 137 tornado reports into Wednesday night. According to Dr. Harold Brooks, a research meteorologist at the Oklahoma prediction center, some of these tornadoes were up to a mile wide, on the ground for tens of miles and had winds speeds over 200 mph. More than 250 people across six states were killed as a result.
“The devastation of this tornado is compounded by the fact that many of the normal response agencies like fire, police and hospitals have been incapacitated or damaged,” says Mr. Mettey. “We are connecting with our partners from Hurricane Katrina as well as with new organizations and working with them to ensure that we are effectively responding to needs of this ravaged area.”
Matthew 25: Ministries will continue to monitor the impact of the tornados and the resulting damage and will post more information on their website regarding the disaster and their response as it becomes available. For additional information on Matthew 25: Ministries’ response to this most recent disaster, please visit their website at www.m25m.org.
Mathew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs; Matthew 25: Ministries also welcomes volunteers to their 132,000 square foot facility five and a half days a week. Matthew 25 also accepts product donations. For additional information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org.
About Matthew 25: Ministries: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 10,000,000 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 12,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Forbes.com named Matthew 25: Ministries as one of the most efficient large charities in the US; Matthew 25: Ministries appears in The “Philanthropy 400” listing of America's Top Charities and multimedia journalist Greg Bocquet, writing for MainStreet.com listed Matthew 25: Ministries at #2 in his article “Best Charities in the US”. Matthew 25: Ministries has a four star rating from Charity Navigator.