A retiree from Huber Heights turned a good deed Thursday evening and delivered about 30 pounds of hamburger to Trotwood, to feed victims of the Memorial Day evening tornado that ripped through the northwestern Montgomery County city.
The recipient of the largesse was Janet Hawes, who had spent much of the day cooking on her grill for her neighbors. Her home bore damage from the tornado, one of 14 that visited the Miami Valley region on the holiday. In Trotwood, nearly 500 homes were hit and 29 destroyed in the outbreak.
Something had been bothering Gary Sizemore all day Thursday, his wife said. He was restless and couldn't sit still until he was helping somebody, she said.
He drove across town in his pickup, loaded with a white Styrofoam case full of wrapped frozen burger meat fresh from his brother-in-law's farm in West Virginia.
"You're doing a good thing," Hawes told Sizemore as they stood near the grill, which by evening had been closed for the day. "It's really appreciated."
Sizemore responded, "I hope they all appreciate it. It's just something I felt I should do."
He said he saw Hawes featured during Thursday afternoon's News Center 7 newscast, when she was visited by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Morning Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
"I said, 'that lady needs some help,' " Sizemore said of Hawes.
A hug and smile later, Sizemore ambled back to his truck. His good deed had been done.