EASTERN KY FLOODING 2022
UPDATED WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2022 7:56 PM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to severe flooding that deluged numerous counties in eastern Kentucky on the evening of July 27th into the following morning, including Breathitt, Floyd, Letcher, Perry, Knott, Leslie, Pike, Magoffin, and more. The torrential rain caused some of the worst flooding in the state’s history, causing at least 35 fatalities and leaving hundreds of homes and vehicles damaged. The hardest hit areas were rural and mountainous, which exacerbated the flooding, making it easier for surging waters to engulf the communities in the valleys.
In partnership with Procter & Gamble, Matthew 25: Ministries deployed to provide supplies and services to those affected by the flooding. The team is providing laundry services through the Tide Loads of Hope program beginning August 2. Matthew 25: Ministries also deployed Duracell’s PowerForward truck, equipped with device charging stations and loaded with batteries to help provide community members with the resources they need to power essential devices. Our response team will work to distribute supplies throughout the numerous impacted communities and meet with partners in the area to discuss ongoing needs.
RECENT UPDATES FROM THE TEAM
8.2.22 Hazard, KY | The team began relief services today in the Hazard, KY area to help those impacted by the flooding. The team completed over 135 loads of laundry and distributed personal care kits, paper products, garbage bags, first aid & safety kits, generators, fans, power banks, and batteries throughout areas of Perry County.
8.3.22 Hazard, KY | The team began relief services today in the Hazard, KY area to help those impacted by the flooding. The team completed over 150 loads of laundry and distributed detergent pod samples, personal care kits, paper products, diapers, garbage bags, generators, fans, first aid and safety kits, batteries, and power banks throughout areas of Wolfe and Breathitt Counties. Tomorrow, the team will collect laundry from 9 AM – 5 PM, or until capacity is reached, at Walmart Supercenter (120 Daniel Boone Plz, Hazard, KY 41701), and will also distribute relief supplies throughout impacted communities.
WAYS TO HELP
Matthew 25 is requesting donations of the following types of items to supplement existing supplies, for restocking during their response and for future disasters:
- Monetary Donations: You can Donate online or mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. (100% of donated funds designated for Eastern Kentucky Flooding 2022 will be used for the purpose intended).
- Cases of bottled water: 12 and 24 count
- Personal care products: Antibacterial soap, 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.
- New, in original packaging: Power tools, fans, generators, etc.
- Pill bottles – Please make sure ALL labels are removed.
The work of Matthew 25: Ministries helps the poorest of the poor and disaster victims throughout the United States and around the world.
Matthew 25 accepts monetary donations and product donations of misprinted, slightly damaged, over-stocked or gently used supplies from corporations, organizations and individuals nationwide. We also supplement outside donations by manufacturing, assembling and blending products in-house including school notebooks, pencils, rice-soy meals, and paint.
With the help of volunteers, these goods are processed at Mathew 25’s over 300,000 square-foot Processing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and then shipped via forty-foot seagoing containers and by semi-trailers to the poorest of the poor and disaster victims.