Butler County continues to help tornado victims in Dayton area

Butler County residents and businesses continually stepped up all week to offer relief and aid in the wake of the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the Miami Valley.

Hamilton donated its complete supply of city-bottled water to Dayton, with the promise by city officials to help in other ways.

“Our bottled water was an easy item to assist,” said Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith. “Our infrastructure group is determining other ways they can provide assistance if requested.”

About 40 members of the Miami University football team and coaching staff helped tornado victims Friday in Beavercreek, and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office filled a semi-trailer for Dayton are tornado victims.

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“The employees came to me and wanted to do it,” Jones said about the four-hour collection drive Friday morning. “It was good to see people respond.”

Among the businesses that donated to the drive set up across from the county jail on Hanover Street was Wayne’s Garage with a car load of diapers and items from Target and Walmart stores in Fairfield Twp.

There are still ways for people to help the Butler County’s neighbors to the north. People can drop off items to:

• Assured Automotive Repair and Discount Tire, 215 Charles St., Middletown.

• Middletown Division of Police, One Donham Plaza, lower level through Sunday night.

• Kingswell Seminary, 1124 Central Ave, Middletown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items can be dropped off at the back entrance. Appointments also can be made by calling Jeri Lewis at 513-649-9699.

Those who wish to make online financial donations can do so with the Dayton Foodbank or Dayton Foundation.

To donate to the Dayton Foodbank, visit Journal-News.com/TornadoRelief.

To donate to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, visit bit.ly/2ENifE5 (or mail checks to: The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton, Ohio 45423).