- Lauren Pack Staff Writer
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has opened up a Hamilton location where people can drop off items to aid those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Collection began at noon Thursday. People dropped off donations at the Butler County Court Street Jail, 123 Court St., Hamilton. The drop-off site remains open today from noon to 7 p.m.
Donations will be transported to Matthew 25: Ministries in Cincinnati suburb Blue Ash.
“We will be transporting all donated items to Matthew 25: Ministries in Cincinnati,” Jones said. The items will benefit the organization’s work with the poorest of the poor and disaster victims.”
Some sheriff’s office employees who are regularly at the jail as well as some prisoners helped unload items Thursday. By about 2:30 p.m. about 15 car loads came through.
“If I can use my office as a hub for people to donate items, then I am absolutely going to do it,” Jones said “These people are in a grave situation and I am urging you to come by my office and drop off some items that can help them in their time of need.”
Ellen Popazieanov and Ruth Brown, both of Hamilton, donated personal care products and cleaning supplies Thursday.
“I think about all we have got here and this is the only way we can help in Texas. I love to do this when we get a chance,” Brown said, noting she also donates to area shelters.
Donations needed include:
- Non-perishable food: Pull-top canned foods, such as vegetables, fruits and canned meats; ready-to-eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerky, ready-to-eat snacks; bottled water; and 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 (powdered form is preferred), 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, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs, etc.
Fairfield West Baptist Church is also partnering with Matthew 25: Ministries as a designated drop-off site to collect relief items for Houston and surrounding areas affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
The items noted above may be dropped off at 5345 Muskopf Road in Fairfield over the Labor Day weekend at the following times:
- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday
- Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday
Residents are asked to not bring monetary donations to the sheriff’s office or Fairfield West Baptist Church. Monetary donations can be made online at www.m25m.org or mailed to: Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45242.
Staff writers Greg Lynch and Michael D. Pitman contributed to this report.