Cincinnati Metro bus system, Matthew 25 Ministries collect donations for Harvey relief


CINCINNATI -- The Metro bus system and Matthew 25 ministries invited people to donate supplies to help in hurricane relief efforts.

The Metro bus system on Friday had a "Stuff-the-Bus" event to help in relief efforts.

Dwight Ferrell, Metro CEO, said Metro employees wanted to make helping people in Texas a priority.

“It's a great thing about you know our organization and our employees and their willingness to be able to help to do this, and so I'm excited to be part of it to be able to help other Americans in a very difficult time,” Ferrell said.

Melody Bravard was among the Tri-Staters who dropped off goods. She made a donation because it’s “just the way it’s supposed to be.”

“I was like, ‘Wait a minute, we've got stuff that we're not going to use … and it'll help them so why not let ‘em have it and just send it down?’”

The event benefited Matthew 25: Ministries. The organization has accepted so many donations that they've run out of space. Volunteers worked for hours Friday to get boxes ready to ship to Texas. 

CEO Tim Metty said donations have been pouring in with Hurricane Irma on the heels of Harvey. 

“This is definitely unusual because it's two large disasters to hit the United States, and that's something that is kind of unheard of,” Metty said. 

Volunteers like Chad Hendricks, of Green Township, worked to unload trucks and sort boxes. 

“It shows that you know we're a good community,” Hendricks said. “As much trouble and kind of division in this city in the past, it shows that when it comes down to it we're all human, and we're all wanting to help each other."

Items collected included:

  • Non-perishable food: pull top canned vegetables, fruit, etc.; ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerky, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready to eat meals
  • Personal care products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach, 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, gauzes, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs, etc.

Any monetary donations may be submitted online or by mail via check to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Additionally, the Independence (Kentucky) Police Department led a donation drive to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The police department was asking for diapers, towels, blankets, pillows, bottled water, toiletries, baby formula and canned food.

An Independence officer's father works for Fern Expo, a company taking care of logistics of getting the donations to Texas.

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