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Springfield Township Provides Helping Hands to Tornado Ravaged Areas of Dayton

As most know, several tornadoes touched down in highly populated areas of Dayton and other Ohio communities on the evening of Memorial Day, causing catastrophic damage. The storms devastated dozens of buildings and trees. The National Weather Service says that "at least an EF3 tornado with winds up to 140 mph" struck the city of Beavercreek in Greene County, Ohio. 

It's a disaster no municipality can handle on its own. Trustee Mark Berning states, "Restoring lives is what matters. We are in the business of providing necessary services that help people where they live - and our neighbors are in great need of help." This sentiment played a role in sending township staff to lend a hand.  Five Springfield Township Public Works employees caravaned to the community of Riverside in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday with dump trucks, a track loader, basic tools and a lot of heart. Over the past week, they have cut and hauled trees, brush and debris, in hopes of restoring lives in neighborhoods. 

Dayton families have a long road ahead. "We are proud of our team of employees who stepped up to help" shared Berning. Generosity is something Dayton will need in the weeks and months ahead as the community rebuilds. Local news agencies, including WCPO, reports that the need now is for volunteers and money. Donations of personal supplies and cleaning products are plentiful. 

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Ways to provide support to tornado victims -

The official Dayton website offers the following: 

The Dayton Foundation has established the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund. 

The fund was established to allow the Foundation to quickly distribute disaster relief funds to charitable organizations that currently are working to help provide food, clothing and shelter for our friends and neighbors who are affected by these storms. Make a secure online credit card donation at or mail a check to: The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton 45423.

If your group is looking for a way to volunteer, please contact Darius Beckham at or 937-333-3659.

Donate to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund of The Dayton Foundation. Make a secure online credit card donation at or mail a check to: The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton 45423.

Donate to the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS,, or text the word RedCROSS to 90999.

Donate to the Dayton Foodbank at

Ginghamsburg Church Fort McKinley Campus - Needs bottle water donations.

Dayton Vineyard Life Church (4051 Indian Ripple Rd, Beavercreek) is accepting donations of bottled water and non-perishable food items. Contact to learn more.

Community Blood Center is in need of type O positive blood. Emergency room usage was high during Memorial Day weekend and the storms forced blood drive cancellations. Schedule donations at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.