Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Matthew 25 Responds as Devastating Tornadoes Cut a Path of Destruction Across the Midwest
Matthew 25: Ministries, a top-ranked international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio is preparing shipments of relief supplies for residents of Oklahoma, following the destruction caused by last evening’s tornadoes and the additional devastating storms today.
As many as 28 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa yesterday, according to the National Weather Service, with Oklahoma and Kansas hardest hit. At least two persons died and dozens were injured. An estimated 300 homes were damaged or destroyed across Oklahoma. Today, a massive tornado has ripped through the suburbs south of Oklahoma City.
Earlier today, the National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the Oklahoma City metro area. This is a rare warning from the weather service, one it issues only "when a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from a tornado is imminent or ongoing."
Matthew 25: Ministries’ advance team will leave on Tuesday, May 21 with their first shipment of disaster relief supplies. Matthew 25 is working with disaster relief partner Procter & Gamble to send relief products, including P&G personal and household care brands to those in the affected communities. Matthew 25’s initial shipments will include basic relief supplies such as blankets, tarps, personal care kits and products, cleaning supplies and baby products.
“This is some of the worst destruction from a tornado I have seen since I have been responding to disasters,” says M25M’s Disaster Relief Coordinator and CEO Tim Mettey. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted by these devastating storms. We are working with our partners to do everything we can to help victims recover from this devastating event. We will continue responding as long as there is a need.”
Matthew 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 on Facebook facebook.com/m25m.org, Pinterest http://pinterest.com/m25m/ and Twitter twitter.com/M25M_org.
About Matthew 25: Ministries: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 14,000,000 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 15,000,000 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 top-ranked on Forbes' list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also ranked #1 of more than 1,600 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.