Local non-profit lends a hand to earthquake victims

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - One Cincinnati non-profit is preparing to lend a hand to earthquake victims. Matthew 25 Ministries says they have packaged hygiene kits and other post-disaster items that may be in high demand. They continually keep the packages on hand and ready to go in case they are needed at any location around the globe due to a disaster.

Organizers say their focus is not just what they send, but how they send the items. Volunteers make sure they package the items in a way that is easy to give out and that minimizes trash.

Matthew 25 Ministry Vice President Tim Mettey says technology has helped to cut down on post-emergency confusion and speeds up their response time.

"With Twitter, Facebook, all the different news channels we're able to get results very quickly and they're very reliable. It's a very big help for us," Mettey explained. "Once we kind of know what has happened we wait for our partners to tell us the need."

Mettey says it usually takes 24 to 74 hours to assess the emergency and then the response is in full force as they ship items around the world where they are needed most.

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