Campaign gives the ‘gift of warmth’ to tornado survivors

Tornado battered houses and trees along Rolfe Avenue in Harrison Twp. near Wagner Ford Road. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Tornado battered houses and trees along Rolfe Avenue in Harrison Twp. near Wagner Ford Road. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dayton Daily News reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart and Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs are traveling the length of the largest of the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. It tore a path across Montgomery County, impacting thousands of homes and businesses. We are gathering people’s stories and investigating obstacles to recovery. This story is part of that coverage. Go here for the full project.


Area nonprofits are partnering to provide clothing to children and communities impacted by the Memorial Day tornadoes.

“Project: Gift of Warmth” is a partnership among the Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group, Crayons to Classrooms and LoveLight.

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The campaign aims to collect new hats, gloves, socks and coats that will be distributed to schools in areas devastated by the storm. It launches Thursday and runs through Dec. 31.

“A lot of families lost everything (in the storm),” said Laura Rapoch, Crayons to Classrooms Fund Development manager.

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“A lot of the areas, particularly in Montgomery County, those are high-poverty areas, areas where families and children don’t have the basic necessities to keep themselves warm in the wintertime,” she said. “We are looking to wrap those kids in warmth this holiday season.”

The initiative includes areas where clothing can be dropped off, as well as an Amazon Wish List to purchase and ship items directly to Crayons to Classrooms.

Drop-off sites:

- Crayons to Classrooms – 1750 Woodman Drive, Dayton (M-F, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

- Catholic Social Services – 1046 Brown St., Dayton (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

- The Dayton Foundation Lobby – 1401 S. Main St., Dayton (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

- Harrison Twp. Community Center – 5945 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton (M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

- Pedz Dental - 5671 Far Hills Ave., Dayton (M-Th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; F, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

- Trotwood Government Center - 3035 Olive Road, Trotwood (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

- The Barrel - 857 W. Central Ave., Springboro (M-Sun., 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.)

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