Cincinnati celebrities pitch in for Haiti relief

Posted by Christi Reynard email

BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - Bootsy Collins, Marty Brennaman, players from the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and Cyclones, and radio personalities from 700 WLW rolled up their sleeves Tuesday to help Matthew 25: Ministries mission to provide aid to victims of the Haitian earthquake.

"You're here in Cincinnati and you don't see a lot of people coming together doing things at a certain time all the time," says Bootsy.  "But when you do see it, it's just such a blessing, people really pour out their hearts, they really put their effort into it and you see everyone's just in here working, and it's for that cause, it's a good thing, it's a beautiful thing."

Listeners and fans were encouraged to drop off items to the personalities and players at Matthew 25.  The volunteers took the cash, and donations of nonperishable food, water, clothing and medical supplies, and helped get them ready for shipment.

With the ports reopening in Haiti, Matthew 25 ministries hopes to ship 20 forty-food containers of disaster relief to Haitian partners with the week, and expects to continue shipping life-saving and life-sustaining aid for weeks and months to come.

"This is not a short term project," says Tim Mettey, Vice President and Disaster Relief Coordinator for Matthew 25: Ministries.  "The entire infrastructure of Haiti has been destroyed.  Millions of people are without food, water, medical care, homes or resources to replace these things.  We will continue collecting and processing aid for this ravaged country as long as there is need."

Until further notice, Matthew 25: Ministries is operating with extended hours of 8:30-6:00 Monday through Friday, and 9:00-12:00 on Saturday.

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