Local relief agencies say give money

By Regina Russo – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Donations keep pouring in to Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash.

"We've been getting a lot of non perishable items, water, first aid supplies," said Tim Mettey, Vice President and Disaster Relief Coordinator for Matthew 25.

But they need more people to follow George Prather's lead, who's donating items and money.

"We can use money more efficiently because we don't have to spend donated dollars to transportation costs," said Vince Costello of Cincinnati's Red Cross.

He adds that money is more practical than items because, "to get that to a country outside the United States is a real challenge and expense."

"There's another reason why donating money is just as good if not better than donating goods, it directly helps the economy in the region because organizations can buy good over there or in the Dominican Republic that is just four hours away," he said.

When you donate through the Red Cross, it's wired to the National Headquarters in D.C. then on to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, they assess the need and wire it onto Red Cross Organizations in Haiti.

And because ground crews are there, and know what's needed relief arrives in just days.

To find out how to donate to the Cincinnati Red Cross, log onto www.cincinnatiredcross.org

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