Debbie Downey and Angie LeBlanc didn’t know each other from Adam before 15 tornadoes roared through the Miami Valley.
They were among the army of Miami Valley residents who rallied in the hours after the storms to provide services where they were needed.
LeBlanc and Downey have since started a nonprofit, Genie’s Wish, to fill the voids they found.
They do everything from helping disabled Dayton area residents cut through red tape, to throwing a birthday party for a child who lost nearly everything in the storm.
LeBlanc even provided partygoers: her own grandkids.
Listen to their story in the podcast above.
This audio recording is part of a partnership between Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, Dayton.com and WHIO Radio designed to share stories of survival, struggle and strength.
Miami Valley residents shared personal stories about their experiences during the Oregon District mass shooting, Memorial Day tornadoes and other 2019 tragedies with Dayton Daily News reporters Cornelius Frolik and Amelia Robinson.
The sessions were recorded at the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch. Some will be featured as part of an upcoming WHIO-TV special.
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