Posted by: charityinfo | March 19, 2012

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

The title aptly describes the work of Mathew 25: Ministries (M25M) a charitable organization engaged in humanitarian aid and disaster relief. It acquires items that corporations, hospitals and individuals no long have use for and gives these items to people who desperately need them.  It shows there is still things that can be given if we just look hard enough and find a way how.

Rev. Wendell Mettey who is the founder and president of M25M took a trip to Nicaragua with a group of doctors and nurses in 1990. The destruction and poverty he saw inspired him to look for a way to help the people there and in other parts of the world. This was the beginning of the charitable organization.

The approach he took was unique; instead of asking for fresh or new products he looked for a way to recover products that U.S. corporations not longer found useful. He was able to develop a system for doing this and M25M has been able to distribute relief goods amounting to 10 million pounds each year.  Around 90 million pounds of aid has been delivered by M25M all over the U.S. and to over 35 countries around the world since its founding.

M25M acquires clothing, medicinal supplies, non-perishable food, personal care products, educational materials, and other essential things needed for daily survival. It gets these items from corporations, hospitals, and individuals in the U.S.  The organization has a processing center in Cincinnati that then ship the products to other parts of the U.S. and around the world.  It is involved in humanitarian aid and disaster relief like in its participation in the relief effort and rebuilding in earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010 and the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

M25M is a very efficient organization with 99% of what it receives from donations going directly to the intended recipients.  The organization continues to work in order to fulfill Mathews 25: 31-40; giving food, water, clothing, and care for the needy.

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