Coming Together for Hurricane Relief Efforts

By Kelly Daniels and Julene Allen

Hurricane Harvey left people in devastation all over the world. It has been said to have made its way through the Windward Islands, Suriname, Guyana, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Yucat√°n Peninsula, United States, particularly Texas and Louisiana. This week, the  hostile Hurricane Irma pushed its way through the Caribbean and heads toward Florida. Lean In Ohio is asking for your help.

The Lean In Ohio chapter has 385 members according to the LeanIn.Org hub and on Meetup, we have 652 members. Collectively we can make an impact if we each provided a tangible donation (not monetary) towards those being affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

Millions of people lose irreplaceable items everyday all over the world. It is hard to even fathom the losses.

We would recommend considering the following as donation:

Feminine hygiene products- tampons, pads, soap, wipes

Baby products- diapers, wipes, rash cream, pack & plays, receiving blankets, clothes!!

Children needs- books, games, coloring books, crayons, journals, stuffed animals, blankets

General (children, women, men) needs- towels, washcloths, socks, underwear, hygiene products, bug spray, shoes, flip-flops, cots, sleeping bags, sweaters, jackets, hats

The following depots, drop-offs, collection sites are legitimate locations for donations.

Dayton, OHIO

How to donate water:

Commercially-bottled water accepted only in case-sized packaging.

The Foodbank

56 Armor Place, Dayton, OH 45417

Through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sinclair Community College

444 West Third Street, Dayton, OH 45402

Building 12, Ponitz Conference Center

Perry Street Circular Driveway – Drive up and drop off

Tuesday, 4-6 p.m.

Wednesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-6 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m. to noon

If you would like to make a donation of the following items:
• Clothes(all sizes)
• Shoes(all sizes)
• School Supplies for children
• Underwear/Socks(all sizes)
• Toiletries, diapers and feminine products

The items can be dropped off at the following locations:

Current Drop off locations:
The Gateway Cathedral
5501 Olive Rd.
Trotwood, OH 45426
(Monday 5:30pm-8:00pm)
(• If no one is there, and your items are bagged, you can set them at the front door under the canopy.)

The Marketplace Movement
3300 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45417
(Wednesday 5:30)

New Dimensions COGIC
622 Tyron Ave.
Dayton, OH 45404
Wednesday 6-8pm
For more information contact: Norman J. Scearce III

Columbus, OHIO

As far we know, Columbus sources are directing donors to reputable initiatives outside of the state.
The list is too long to post here. See attached link.

Cincinnati, OHIO

Give blood-The flooding is also impacting the nation’s blood supply. Hoxworth Blood Center is urging eligible donors, especially those with type O positive blood, to make and keep donation appointments as soon as possible.

Travel and volunteer - Local officials are holding two "Zero to Hero" courses for Cincinnatians who want to travel with them to help with disaster relief. Those will be next Wednesday and Thursday at the Red Cross offices on Dana Avenue. They are free to attend, but you do have to register by calling 513-579-3000.

Matthew 25: Ministries is also sending a team this week. On Sunday, they said they're prepped and loaded, and the Disaster Response Team is on standby.

See attached link for more.

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