Matthew 25 Ministries keeps up with disaster demands

CINCINNATI - "You can see the storm's already firing up now," Tim Mettey says as he points to an angry red blob edging across a map of the U.S. on his computer.

From his office in Kenwood, the Disaster Relief Coordinator for Matthew 25 Ministries watches the parade of dangerous weather march across the nation.

"This is where the greatest impact is going to be," he says, pointing to the area just west of Ohio. "We have to be careful here in Cincinnati obviously."

Mettey's job is to be out ahead of the storms that literally plague the planet, shipping food, clothing and sanitation supplies anywhere they're needed.

Their shipments have gone to Africa, Haiti and Japan in the past. Now, their own country is suffering.

"When a tornado goes through, we can track it... so we know where we should be able to go on the outskirts and what areas need to be helped."

Executing that help is a massive job. Volunteers come in to the rambling warehouse on Kenwood Road by the dozens for orientation, and are quickly put to work.

"The volunteers are what makes this place run," says Amy DeAnglis, as she shows two women how to pack soaps and lotions in a plastic bag. "They always step up to bat every time something bad happens."

You might think after the devastation in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, Matthew 25 would be stretched pretty thin. In fact, they're hardly even breaking a sweat.

"This is business as usual for us," says Mettey.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, the Ministries' army sent 90 truckloads of aid in just the first month. Once the needs of a community are identified, Mettey says they can have relief on site, ready to help within 48 hours.

"It's what we do," he says.

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