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Matthew 25: Ministries' disaster response team departs to Columbia, MS after tornado strikes

BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) -

Matthew 25: Ministries are sending a response team Friday to Columbia, Miss after several tornadoes that hit that area and it's surrounding areas Tuesday afternoon.

The tornadoes resulted in at least four fatalities as well as numerous injuries.  Dozens were taken to the hospital and thousands were left without power.

[Related: Tornado tears through Mississippi, killing 4]

The tornado caused power outages, road closures, and extensive damages to structures in the Columbia area.  Approximately 15 homes were destroyed outside of Amite, La.

Matthew 25: Ministries' team will be led by disaster relief coordinator Ben Williams and will depart Friday with specialized vehicles. Teams will establish central distribution sites and deliver products to hard hit neighborhoods.

Trucks will be loaded with relief supplies including personal kits, paper products, tarps, blankets and beverages.   The team will also bring some Christmas gifts to the victims.

Matthew 25: Ministries is accepting the following items for disaster relief: 

  • Monetary donations: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
  • Non-perishable food: Canned vegetables, fruits etc.; ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerkies, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready- to-eat meals or MREs etc.
  • Personal care products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form is preferred), mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves, etc.
  • Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels, etc.
  • Baby and infant supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion, etc.
  • First-Aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs, etc.

Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs.

For more information contact Joodi Archer at 513-793-6256 or visit their website at www.m25m.org.

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