Local Volunteers Provide Disaster Relief to Victims in Japan

BLUE ASH, Ohio (FOX 19) -- Every Saturday volunteers fill the headquarters of Matthew 25 Ministries to sort, bag, wrap, pack and bundle thousands of items for disaster relief victims.

Volunteer Keith Johnson says he got involved with Matthew 25 after the devastating earthquake in Haiti last year.

"Don't have much money to donate, but I can donate my time," says Johnson.

Johnson now donated about three hours a day, two to three times a month.

"People just need basic stuff like soap, hand towels, band aids, I think it has a big impact, a real big impact," says Johnson.

The basics is what many people need which is why Matthew 25 volunteers sort through everything from clothing to school supplies to personal care products.

Volunteer Tammy Shumate joined the Matthew 25 effort through Faith Community Church. Shumate who brought her entire family says even though she doesn't know exactly where each item is going, she wants to do what she can to help those in need.

"This could go to Haiti or Japan just a lot of different things that Matthew 25 does," says Shumate.

Since 1991 Matthew 25 Ministries has distributed more than 90 million pounds of products to over 35 countries worldwide and with Japan on the hearts and minds of many volunteers the work done Saturday means even more.

"I've been a tsunami junkie, I've just been watching the news all the time to see what is going on there," says Shumate.

To volunteer with Matthew 25 Ministries, visit it's web site here.

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