Clark County kids are the latest residents to assist victims of the Memorial Day tornadoes.
The Clark County 4-H Peeps Squeals Mooz club donated about 80 blankets, pillows, toothbrushes, coloring books, softballs, baby food, water and more.
“The parents cried, and they all were so grateful,” Adviser Ashley Gossett said. “We have the means to help, so why not do it?”
Gossett said the donations were an opportunity to teach their kids about the importance of giving.
“We teach our members to go above and beyond, and give back,” she said. “Life isn’t always about them.”
The 4-H team focused on children who lost clothes, toys and food in the devastating tornadoes.
“We noticed that everyone was donating water, blankets and other necessities,” she said. “The kids lost stuff, too, so we tried to make it sort of comfortable for them, too.”
The local kids are the latest group from Clark and Champaign counties to offer help to victims of the 15 devastating tornadoes that hit the region last week.
The tornadoes ranging from EF-0 to EF-4 spared Clark and Champaign counties.
Schools, business, churches and government agencies in Clark and Champaign counties are collecting supplies to send to areas devastated by the tornadoes, including hard-hit communities in Beavercreek, Celina, Dayton, Harrison Twp. and Trotwood. The donors include Tecumseh Local Schools, the Springfield Twp. Fire Department, Coburn’s Concrete in New Carlisle, JLC Community Outreach Gathering, Greater Grace Temple and Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
That’s on top of the Springfield Interfaith Hospitality Network sending seven volunteers to the region, the Chamber of Greater Springfield collecting supplies to send to Dayton and the Urbana Fire Division providing mutual aid to the area.
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