Tri-State residents supporting Miami Valley tornado recovery

Posted at 5:04 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 18:53:22-04

One of the 18 tornadoes that ravaged the Miami Valley area earlier this week was actually an EF4 with 170 mph winds, the National Weather Service said Friday.

As people in the Dayton area continued to recover from the storms, donations for them have been pouring into Tri-State groups that are helping with relief efforts, like Matthew 25: Ministries.

So far, Matthew 25 has sent five truckloads of supplies up to their warehouse at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

"We couldn't do what we do without the help of the people who surround us," Joodie Archer, the development director for Matthew 25 said. "We get such nurturing, such love and support from them."

The Butler County Sheriff's Office accepted donations Friday morning and collected water, collapsible boxes and baby supplies for the tornado victims.

Even small businesses have been doing their part to help the people of the Dayton area. Black Owned Fashion on Elm Street in Cincinnati has been collecting bottled water for them.

Matthew 25 is continuing to collect donations. They're most in need of cleaning supplies, baby supplies, personal care items and tools. They'll continue sending trucks of goods up to Dayton over the next several days and weeks as needed.