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Local disaster relief agency sending help to the South

Damage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Source: WBRC) Damage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Source: WBRC)

Local disaster relief agencies are ready to assist victims of the severe storms that swept the South.

Over 300 people were killed in six states as over a hundred tornadoes touched down Wednesday.

Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, will begin trucking supplies to tornado-ravaged Alabama on Sunday, May 1. 

Based on real-time reports coming in from partners on the ground in the devastated area, Matthew 25 will be sending non-perishable food including the rice/soy nutritionally enhanced blend produced in Matthew 25's Food Processing Center as well as water, diapers and personal care kits

"As the reports began to come in late last night and early today the magnitude became clear to us," spokeswoman Joodi Archer shared.

The disaster relief coordinator for the ministry Tim Mettey says he will be headed down to the region Friday morning. "We have some existing partners from Hurricane Katrina," he said. "And those partners were ready to go instantly."

Mathew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and Internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs; Matthew 25: Ministries also welcomes volunteers to their 132,000 square foot facility five and a half days a week.

The Cincinnati Region Red Cross is also responding to the disaster.

"We're getting people out as soon as possible," shared Ron Hakes, Director of Emergency Response Services.

Hakes says right now the greatest need is for nurses and mental health professionals. Anyone looking to donate or volunteer should contact the local American Red Cross office.

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