BLUE ASH, Ohio — Matthew 25: Ministries will be providing aid to local government employees affected by the partial government shutdown. The aid and disaster relief organization is widely known for responding to disasters such as fires, hurricanes and floods. With the shutdown in its fifth week, the organization's CEO, Tim Mettey, said the current situation is about helping people who find themselves without a regular paycheck.
"Matthew 25's mission is caring for those in need. By providing these families with some of the basic necessities they need to maintain personal hygiene and a clean living environment, they will be able to use their available funds for other needs like food, mortgages or utilities," Mettey said in a written statement Thursday.
Matthew 25 will hand out care packages at its Blue Ash facility at 11060 Kenwood Road starting on Thursday. Those picking up packages should drive to the side of the facility toward the drop off door. Employees must present an ID card as proof of federal employment.
The distribution times for care packages are below:
- Thursday, Jan. 24: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Friday, Jan. 25: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Monday, Jan. 28: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
"Matthew 25 supports people in need in our community year round with products like coats, clothing, medical supplies, food and hygiene items. This outreach is an extension of something that we do every day," Mettey said.
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