JAPAN Earthquake and Tsunami

Earthquake and tsunami recovery Continues in Japan

Updated friday, August 12, 2011 2:10 Pm EST

More than five months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, over 15,600 people have been confirmed dead as the search continues for the estimated 4,700 that are still missing. Currently, more than 87,000 victims remain in evacuation shelters as the devastated country continues to recover from the largest earthquake and tsunami disaster in its history.

Matthew 25: Ministries' Disaster Relief in Japan

Matthew 25: Ministries has sent and will continue to send disaster relief to Japan. Matthew 25's shipments to Japan have included basic necessities such as water, blankets and meals from our Prasco Food Processing Center. In total, Matthew 25: Ministries will be donating more than 1,000,000 meals to Japan in the near future and will continue sending aid for months to come as long as our partners request it.

Matthew 25: Ministries’ Vice-president and Disaster Relief Coordinator Tim Mettey commented, “This is a long term effort for us. People often think that if it’s out of the news, things are back to normal. But our experience tells us that disasters of this magnitude, however industrialized or wealthy the country is, will need our help for some time to come.”

Matthew 25: Ministries will continue to post more information regarding the disaster and our response as it becomes available.

PHOTOS from our partners in Japan

VIDEOS from our partners in Japan

Disaster Relief Donations

Matthew 25: Ministries is accepting the following items for disaster relief:

1. Financial donations
2. Nonperishable food
3. Personal care products (especially diapers)
4. Cleaning products (no bleach)
5. First Aid Supplies
6. Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)

We are open for product donations Monday through Friday 9-4 and Saturday 9-2. For a general list of products we accept, please visit the list of Supplies We Ship.

Donors who would like to designate their financial gifts for Japan may do so by writing "Japan" in the memo line of their check or by typing it in the "in honor of" field of our online giving form. Designated funds are always used for the requested program.

If you are interested in starting a fundraiser or donation drive to benefit Matthew 25: Ministries, please review these guidelines. For more information, please contact Matthew 25: Ministries' Media Relations Director, Joodi Archer, at joodi@m25m.org or (513)793-6256.

For information about events that benefit Japan, please visit our events page.