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How to help Dayton, Ohio tornado victims

Organizations taking cash, clothing, and more
Posted at 5:05 PM, May 28, 2019

Like many people, Dori Sharpe saw the news and heard the call to help.

"It's terrible, terrible," the Blue Ash woman said.

She knows people living in the Dayton, Ohio tornado zone, so she decided to donate what she could — clothes, pots, pans and dishes — at Matthew 25 Ministries. The nonprofit saw an immediate overnight uptick in contributions from people like her.

"it's very distressing, people are going through a very hard time," Anna Lerharupt, who also donated, said. "So maybe this will help just a little."

So what kind of items are they looking for?

Matthew 25 is accepting clothing, diapers, non-perishable canned food, and anything that can be used in the cleanup.

Development director Joodi Archer said "that can include personal care items, cleaning supplies, first aid items, cleanup up supplies, tools, things like shovels."

Where you can donate

Organizations taking donations include:

As tempting as it might be to bring supplies to the area yourself, don't do it.

Nick Crossley, director of Hamilton County Emergency Management, said: "We suggest you do not self-deploy. Obviously they have a lot of first responders up there, but a lot of roads are still blocked, so it will be pretty congested."

Crossley suggests making a monetary donation, then watching the cleanup on the news.

That way you don't waste your money.


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