Days of violent protests have created a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, according to Tim Mettey, CEO of Matthew 25: Ministries, a disaster relief organization headquartered in Cincinnati.
“This situation is the equivalent of a humanitarian earthquake,” Mettey said. “We have many friends and partners in Haiti, and the descriptions they are providing are horrific. These people are our neighbors, and it is our responsibility to do everything we can to help them survive and recover from this disaster.”
Currently, prices on necessities like food and water have increased beyond the ability of people to pay for them. Access to these supplies is rapidly disappearing.
Matthew 25: Ministries is calling for help for the people of Haiti. Needed supplies include:
- Nonperishable food, such as pull-top canned vegetables and fruits; ready-to-eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes; jerkies; and ready-to eat meals
- Bottled water, 12- and 24-case packs
- Personal care products, such as antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant and lotion
- Baby and infant supplies, such as diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion
- First-aid items, such as bandages, gauze, pads, first-aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves and instant cold packs
- Cleaning supplies, such as laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form), mops, scrub brushes, buckets and rubber gloves
- Paper products, such as toilet paper and paper towels
Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The facility is located at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash.