Beginning at 11 a.m. today, Friday April 3, and continuing Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice, local residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items as well as essentials such as diapers, toilet paper, soap, school supplies and dog and cat food at the donation area near the entrance of DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse at the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. The collection bins face Miamisburg-Centerville Road (state Route 725), near space that once housed the former Elder-Beerman store.
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“Following the closings of both schools and businesses, many Americans will be turning to food banks and other non-profits for support during this difficult time,” officials with Washington Prime Group, the owner of the Dayton Mall, said in a release. “Now more than ever, Dayton Mall remains committed to serving Miami Valley residents as a community partner. This is one example of parent company Washington Prime Group’s continued efforts to unite communities nationwide in times it is needed most.”
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The Food and Essential Item Donation Drive will serve local non-profit organizations that include: For Love of Children (FLOC), Shoes for the Shoeless, Crayons to Classrooms, Centerville City Schools, No Child Hungry, House of Bread and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
Karen Kelly Brown, marketing director of the Dayton Mall, encouraged residents to donate items while on other essential trips. Donation bins are clearly marked, and dropping off donations does not involve human contact, Brown said.
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The donation drive will be a long-term effort, the mall’s marketing director said, and is expected to continue for as long as the need exists.