Local ministry shipping disaster relief to Japan

BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located in Blue Ash, will begin shipping aid to disaster-ravaged Japan on Monday.

Approximately 50,000 meals from Matthew 25's food processing center will go by air to Japan with arrival in Tokyo before the end of the week. Matthew 25 is also sending a truckload of 200,000 servings of food as well as water and blankets.

"This is a long term effort for us," said Tim Mettey, vice-president of disaster relief coordinator for Matthew 25. "People often think if it's out of the news, things are back to normal. But our experience tells us that disasters of this magnitude, however industrialized or wealthy the country is, will need our help for some time to come."

The death toll in Japan exceeds 18,000 after an earthquake and tsunami there earlier this month.

Matthew 25 is still in need of cash donations, canned and non-perishable food items, personal care products, medical and first aid supplies and blankets. Additional information can be found on their website, www.m25m.org.

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