Cincinnati, OH, July 03, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Staff of Top-ranked Disaster Relief Organization Delivers Emergency Aid to Victims
Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located in Cincinnati, OH is working with Fire and Police Departments in and around Charleston, West Virginia to deliver water and ice to shelters in the aftermath of severe storms that ripped through Ohio and West Virginia yesterday.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Governor John Kasich have both declared a state of emergency in their states. Governor Tomblin said 53 of 55 counties in the state were affected by power outages.
According to Appalachian Power, as many as 500,000 AEP customers in West Virginia are without power. There are some counties that are nearly 100% powerless and many counties have outages in the 50 - 70% range, including Charleston's Kanawha County.
“The scope of the storm’s damage is incredible,” said Tim Mettey, Vice President and Disaster Relief Coordinator for Matthew 25. “We’ve seen cars stranded by the side of the road, with anything white fluttering from the window to indicate that the occupants need help. Gas stations with power are limiting what each car can get in order to conserve supplies. I’m told that some people may not have their power restored until well after the 4th of July. We will be distributing water and ice to shelters all weekend long to help these people and will continue to help them as long as we are needed.”
Matthew 25: Ministries is currently delivering 35,000 pounds of bottled water and 10,000 pounds of ice to shelters in the Greater Charleston area. Matthew 25: Ministries will continue to monitor the impact of the power outages and will post more information on their website regarding their response as it becomes available. For ongoing 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. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. All designated funds are used for the purpose intended. For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org. Follow Matthew 25: Ministries’ blog http://m25m.org/blog.aspx or follow Matthew 25: Ministries on Facebook facebook.com/m25m.org and Twitter twitter.com/M25M_org.
About Matthew 25: Ministries: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 13,000,000 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 14,000,000 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 tied for #1 on Forbes' list of the 20 Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also ranked #1 of 1,500 four star charities on Charity Navigator. Matthew 25: Ministries appears in The "Philanthropy 400" listing of America's Top Charities and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the "Wise Giving Alliance Standards." For more information, contact Joodi Archer at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.